Revocation of actions under stage III ('severe' Air Quality) of GRAP and intensifying actions under Stage-I & Il of revised Graded Response Action Plan

The Sub-Committee for operationalization of the revised Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in its meeting held on 7th December, 2022, further reviewed the air quality scenario in the Delhi. It also reviewed the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) / Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) forecasts for meteorological conditions and air quality index of Delhi as follows: Air Quality Index (AQl) of Delhi has been progressively improving from the levels of 4O7 (Severe) on 04.12.2022 to 347 on 05. 12.2022. AIQ was detected to be 353 on 06.12.2022 and has been recorded as 304 (Very Poor) on 07.12.2022. The level detected on 7.12.2022 is about 100 AQI points below the threshold for invoking the GRAP Stage-III actions. As a result of this, the Sub- Committee has revoked, with immediate effect, its order dated 4th December, 2022. This order had invoked actions under Stage-III (Severe Air Quality) of the GRAP. The order had been invoked because of significant deterioration in the average Air quality of Delhi. Presently, actions under Stages-I to stage-ll of the GRAP shall remain invoked and be implemented, monitored and reviewed by all agencies concerned in the entire NCR to ensure that the AQI levels do not slip further to the ‘severe’ category.