Spell of rain brings relief to city as air improves

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Spell of rain brings relief to city as air improves

Thursday, 30 November 2023 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Delhi's air quality improved to 'poor' from 'very poor' category on Wednesday after a spell of rain and favourable wind speed under the influence of a western disturbance. The city recorded an AQI of 258 at 9:05 am, which settled at 290 at 4 pm,  improving from 365 at 8 am on Tuesday.

After the restrictions lifted under the stage third of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) on Tuesday,  Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said all the departments concerned have been directed to ensure strict implementation of restrictions under GRAP Stage-I and Stage-II following a weather department prediction that pollution levels in the national capital might fluctuate.

Addressing a press conference, Rai said, "Keeping the improved pollution levels in mind, GRAP-III restrictions have been removed. However, the weather department has predicted that the pollution level could fluctuate if the wind speed slows. To avoid such a situation, all the departments concerned have been directed to ensure strict implementation of GRAP-I and GRAP-II restrictions."

"The ban on BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles have been removed and restrictions on construction and demolition lifted," Rai added.

The Centre on Tuesday ordered the revocation of restrictions under GRAP Stage-III in the entire NCR with immediate effect following an improvement in the air quality.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas (CAQM), a statutory body responsible for formulating strategies to combat pollution in the region, met on Tuesday in view of the significant improvement in the overall air quality of Delhi-NCR.

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