Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) has come into force from Thursday in Delhi NCR Region. Under the new pollution plan, the AAP government bans use of electricity generators with an exception for those needed in essential or emergency services.
GRAP was first notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2017 for implementation through the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority. Here is the official order stating the ban if electric generators from October 15:
Delhi Pollution Control Committee hereby bans the operation of electricity generator sets of all capacities, run on diesel, petrol or kerosene in Delhi with effect from October 15 till further orders, excluding those used for essential or emergency services.
What all essential services are allowed to run electric generators?
1.health care facilities
- railway services
5.airports and interstate bus terminals
- the data centre run by the National Informatics Centre.
Also, DPCC has ordered the power companies to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers. Also, an order implementing EPCA’s directions to enforce GRAP from Thursday is issued.
Earlier EPCA directed that large construction projects will have to provide undertakings that they will assure adherence to prescribed forms of dust management. It said that industries in the Red and Orange category will provide an undertaking that they will not operate without adequate pollution control measures.
EPCA has directed states to ensure that the action plan is enforced on the identified pollution hotspots. Also, it has directed night patrolling to ensure zero tolerance for all sources of pollution. It Says that pollution control in winters will require enhanced vigilance. The sources like the use of legal fuels and industrial stacks will be checked and penalised.