New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Air Quality in the national capital Delhi continued to remain under the "poor" category on the fifth consecutive day on Sunday due to the rise in pollutants in the atmosphere. On Sunday morning, the Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 264 in ITO, at 228 in Patparganj, at 235 in RK Puram and 246 in Rohini, all four in 'poor' category, according to Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor and 401-500 is severe. Last year, there were several occasions when the AQI in Delhi breached the 500-mark/

For the last few years, Delhi has been witnessing severe air pollution in the months of winters. With air quality already under "poor" category even before the onset of winters, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has decided to enforce Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) from October 15.

Under the GRAP, stricter measures to fight the air pollution will be enforced in the national capital Delhi and its surrounding areas. The EPCA also directed the governments of Delhi, Haryana and UP to ban the use of diesel generators, except for essential and emergency services, in the national capital and the neighbouring cities of Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram.

The measures under GRAP, which was first implemented in Delhi-NCR in 2017, include increasing bus and metro services, hiking parking fees and stopping use of diesel generator sets when the air quality turns poor.

When the situation turns "severe", GRAP recommends closure of brick kilns, stone crushers and hot mix plants, sprinkling of water, frequent mechanised cleaning of roads and maximising power generation from natural gas.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma