As air quality improves, CAQM lifts construction ban in Delhi-NCR | Latest Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The Commission for the Management of Air Quality (CAQM) in the National Capital Region and surrounding areas on Monday lifted the ban on construction and demolition (C&D) activities in the NCR and the ban on construction and demolition (C&D) activities in the NCR. ‘petrol and diesel trucks entered Delhi with immediate effect, citing improved air quality over the past few days.

In its decree published on Monday morning, the CAQM said construction and demolition activities could resume immediately, but that each site must follow the standards and guidelines set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

However, all construction and demolition sites in Delhi and in the districts of the NCR of Uttar Pradesh with an area of ​​more than 500 m² will also need to register on a “web portal” developed by state governments to online monitoring by agencies. For Rajasthan and Haryana, where the web portal has yet to go live, the registration process will need to be completed by January 20, 2022, the CAQM said. HT has reviewed a copy of the order.

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“The air quality in Delhi has improved from the ‘very bad’ category and has been consistently in the ‘poor’ category over the past three days. The meteorological and meteorological forecasts from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) indicate a continuation of this favorable trend in wind speed and climatic conditions to facilitate the dispersion of pollutants in the region, ”the CAQM said in its order on Monday, stressing that the entry of trucks into Delhi was authorized with immediate effect.

“Construction and demolition activities will also now be permitted, with immediate effect, provided that persons and agencies undertaking construction and demolition activities strictly comply with the instructions and orders relating to the dust control standards issued. by the commission from time to time as well as those of construction and demolition. Waste management rules and various CPCB guidelines in this regard, ”the ordinance said.

The commission, however, clarified that all units and sites closed by it or by state governments for violating the standards will not be allowed to reopen under the order. He said each project developer will have to go individually to the commission for a review.

The commission first banned construction and demolition activities in the NCR on November 16, 2021. This ordinance, which exempted activities notified as “essential, was in effect until November 21. The ban on construction activities in the NCR, however, was reimposed on 24 November. , and only non-polluting activities such as interior work, plumbing and electrical activities were allowed to continue. The states concerned have been ordered to pay the minimum wages notified to the workers.

The CAQM extended the ban on December 17, but with relaxations on construction activities for hospitals, retirement homes and healthcare facilities; linear public projects such as highways, roads and walkways and sanitation; and public utility projects such as sewage treatment plants and water pumping stations.

The ban on entry of trucks into Delhi has been in effect since November 16 and has been extended several times in the past month.

The CAQM has already lifted the ban on physical classes in schools, colleges and educational institutes in the NCR, as well as restrictions on six of the 11 thermal power plants operating within a 300 km radius of Delhi. While the restrictions on thermal power plants were lifted on December 12, the restriction on schools and colleges was lifted five days later, on December 17.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the NCR hovered between the high end of the “poor” category and the lower end of the “very bad” category on Monday. While Delhi’s AQI was recorded at 332 (very poor) at noon, Faridabad, Gurugram, Greater Noida were in the ‘poor’ category with readings below 300. Ghaziabad and Noida, like Delhi, were in the ‘poor’ category. very poor ”with readings of 328 and 308 respectively.

An AQI between 101 and 200 is “moderate”, between 201 and 300 is “poor”, between 301 and 400 is “very low and over 400 is” severe “according to the CPCB index.

Dipankar Saha, former head of the CPCB aerial laboratory, says the correct wind speed has played a key role in improving air quality in the Indo-Gangetic Plain region.

“If the air is good, we can allow development activities to resume and ensure that our economy continues to function. The trends indicate that the air quality will not deteriorate too much in the coming days either, as a western disturbance will again impact the region, ”Saha said.

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