AAP Ministers to Conduct Air Pollution Inspections
© AP Photo / Altaf QadriNew Delhi
© AP Photo / Altaf Qadri
The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has held several meetings in the last few days as the national capital continues to witness severe air pollution.
All ministers of the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government will work at the ground level to ensure strict implementation of air pollution control measures in the city, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday.
Rai, while addressing a press conference in the national capital, also expressed concerns over the negligence on part of officials to implement measures outlined in the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
Sharing with media persons which minister would be looking after which areas, he said that Kailash Gahlot, the cabinet minister in Delhi government, would inspect the Southwest and West districts while Atishi, another senior minister in Delhi cabinet, would be keeping a check on the anti-air pollution measures in the east and southeast districts of the city.
Saurabh Bharadwaj, Imran Hussain and Raj Kumar Anand, the environment minister will carry out inspections in South and New Delhi districts, Central and Shahdara districts, and Northwest district respectively.
Meanwhile, Rai himself will monitor the implementation of air pollution measures in North and Northeast districts.
Under the Stage IV of GRAP, strict restrictions including a ban on all kinds of construction work and the entry of polluting trucks into Delhi are in place in the national capital city.
The GRAP IV has been effective in Delhi since Sunday after the air quality index (AQI) dropped to “severe plus” category.
There are four stages of GRAP, the first stage is implemented when the AQI is in poor category (201-300) while the second stage is effective when the air quality is in very poor category (301-400). The third stage of GRAP is put into effect when the air quality reaches to severe category (401-450) and the fourth stage is effective when the AQI reaches to severe plus category (above 450).
The AQI was recorded to be 530 in the national capital at around 5:30 p.m. (IST), media reports stated.