As winter approaches, the Indian government is taking proactive measures to address the looming air pollution challenge in Delhi-NCR. A high-level task force meeting was convened to assess and enhance the capital’s readiness to combat air pollution during the winter season.
The meeting, led by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, P K Mishra, focused on preparing the region for adverse air quality conditions. Central to the discussion was the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), its implementation, monitoring, and the reinforcement of measures to ensure its effectiveness.
Emphasizing the crucial role of the GRAP in curbing air pollution, the meeting underlined the necessity for strict enforcement to safeguard the city’s air quality. Key stakeholders deliberated on various strategies to mitigate the impact of multiple sources of air pollution, including industrial emissions, vehicular exhaust, dust from construction and demolition (C&D) activities, road dust, incineration of municipal solid waste (MSW), biomass and miscellaneous waste, agricultural stubble burning, and other dispersed pollution sources.
One significant step in the fight against pollution is the transition to electric vehicles (e-vehicles). The government is actively promoting the adoption of e-vehicles across different departments and among the public in Delhi. Notably, the Chairman of the Commission for Air Quality Management, MM Kutty, reported a substantial increase in e-vehicle registrations in the National Capital Region