Delhi Air Quality improves after light rain today; Ban on BS-III petrol and More
Delhi Air Quality improves after light rain today; Ban on BS-III petrol and More

NEW DELHI: The Air Quality Index in Delhi witnessed a positive shift on Wednesday as a result of light rainfall and increased wind speed, attributed to a western disturbance. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi displayed a notable improvement, registering at 258 at 9 am on Wednesday, a significant decline from the 365 recorded at 8 am on Tuesday.

The meteorological department has forecasts a day of cloudy skies with the potential for sporadic drizzles.

In a recent development, the central government lifted the restrictions imposed under Stage-III of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) across the entire National Capital Region (NCR), effective immediately. Consequently, the ban on BS III petrol and BS IV diesel four-wheelers in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, and Gautam Budh Nagar has been rescinded.

The pollution control panel initiated Stage-III restrictions on November 2, mandating the halt of non-essential construction activities, mining operations, and stone-crushing processes.

Delhi's Environment Minister has called for a meeting on Wednesday to evaluate the scenario subsequent to the withdrawal of anti-air pollution measures stipulated under GRAP-3.

"A review meeting is scheduled today to ensure the sustained enforcement of GRAP-1 & 2 anti-pollution measures. With the lifting of GRAP-3 measures, the ban on construction and demolition activities has been lifted," stated Rai.

Rai highlighted, "Just a few days ago, Delhi's AQI had reached the 'Severe' category. However, the recent light rainfall on Monday has contributed to an improvement in pollution levels. Expect fluctuations to persist. I urge residents of Delhi and the NCR region to remain vigilant."

Gopal Rai emphasized that while stubble burning in Punjab has ceased, heightened vehicular movement during the ongoing wedding season, particularly during the night, is contributing to pollution. He underscored the significant impact of activities in the NCR region on pollution levels. "Although there has been improvement, it's crucial for people to remain cautious. Strict monitoring of GRAP III measures is ongoing," added Rai.

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