Environment Ministry Notifies Graded Response Action Plan to Combat Air Pollution in NCR (Download PDF)


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Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified Graded Response Action Plan to combat air pollution in NCR Delhi region. MoEFCC amended laws & formally tasked SC-appointed panel w/implementing graded action plan for pollution control.

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Image of MoEFCC Amended Laws and Formally

Image of MoEFCC amended laws and formally

Key Facts of Graded Response Action Plan

  • Graded Response Action Plan defines measures to taken based on air quality on basis of PM 2.5 & PM 10 in atmosphere.

  • Based on air quality grades are classified as Emergency, Severe, Very Poor & Moderate poor. It will be enforced by Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).

  • Under this plan emergency measures will be automatically enforced in NCR if level of PM2.5 breaches 300 micrograms per cubic metre (µgm/m3) & PM10 levels stay above 500 (µgm/m3) for 2 consecutive days.

  • Plan recommends measures like odd-even car rationing scheme & ban on construction activities to combat air pollution.

  • During ‘very poor’ air quality, it recommends banning diesel generators & parking fee increased by 3 - 4 times.

  • It lists number of other measures such as closing brick kilns, stone crushers, hot mix plants & intensifying public transport services & increasing frequency of mechanized cleaning & sprinkling of water on roads.

  • For enforcement of action plan, Govt. has assigned task of implementation of Graded Response Action Plan to EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) in pursuance of sub-section (1) of section 3 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986).

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Image of Air Pollution

Image of Air Pollution

Background of Action Plan

  • Delhi specific comprehensive action plan was prepared by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) & was submitted to SC in December 2016.

  • Court had accepted plan & asked Union Govt. to notify it.

  • Particulate Matter (PM): They are tiny particles of dust which can cause very serious respiratory disorders & even damage lungs.

Central Pollution Control Board

  • Formed in – 1974

  • Functions:

  • Advise Central Govt. on any matter concerning prevention & control of water & air pollution & improvement of quality of air.

  • Plan & cause to be executed nation-wide program for prevention, control or abatement of water & air pollution;

  • Co-ordinate activities of State Board & resolve disputes among them;

  • Plan & organise training of persons engaged in programme on prevention, control or abatement of water & air pollution;

  • Organise thru mass media, comprehensive mass awareness programme on prevention, control or abatement of water & air pollution;

  • Disseminate information in respect of matters relating to water and air pollution and their prevention and control;

  • Perform such other function as may be prescribed by the Government of India.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 11, 2019

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