As air quality index (AQI) in the national capital moves to the ‘poor’ category, the Central Pollution Control Board is set to implement its emergency action plan starting today.

The action plan, under the Graded Response Action Plan, involves a series of measure, which includes stopping burning of garbage when the AQI mark is between moderate and poor category and enforcing pollution control regulations.

When the air quality drops to very poor category, additional measures include stopping use of diesel gen sets, enhancing parking fees and increasing frequency of metro and buses. And when the AQI is severe and very severe, additional measures include frequent mechanized cleaning of roads and sprinkling water, stopping entry of trucks and construction activities, and appointment of task force to take decisions like shutting of educational institutions.

It’s that time of the year when Delhi sees a spike in air pollution level due to stubble burning by farmers after harvest in Punjab and Haryana and use of firecrackers during Diwali. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has already requested Chief Ministers of the two neighboring states to check on stubble burning, and in a bid to regulate the use and sale of firecrackers, the Supreme Court had halved the number of cracker licenses to be given out across Delhi and NCR.

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