This scenario, which could lead to prolonging GRAP IV restrictions in the capital, was discussed at a recent review meeting of senior officials in the presence of the chief secretary when focusing on action being taken to enforce GRAP IV measures.
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A senior Delhi government official said: “GRAP IV could continue for a few more days due to the increasing stubble burning instances, slow wind speed and if there are firecrackers burnt in large numbers if India wins the final on Sunday. In fact, this was discussed in the review meeting.”
While the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas takes a call on GRAP implementation based on AQI, the review by government agencies also comes into account.
A six-member special task force has been formed for proper implementation and monitoring of GRAP rules. The task force includes the special commissioner of transport, DCP (HQ) traffic police, deputy commissioner, revenue (HQ), chief engineers of MCD and PWD. The key task of this team is to coordinate daily with departments and remove problems faced by them and give the GRAP implementation report to the government.
Environment minister Gopal Rai said that due to the current pollution levels, environmental experts believe that for the next 2 to 3 days, the AQI will remain in the very poor band.
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Under GRAp rules, 16,689 BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles have been fined. A fine of 20,000 is imposed under the Motor Vehicle Act 1988. For this, 84 teams of the Transport Department and 284 teams of Delhi Police have been deployed.
Since November 3, 19,227 vehicles have been fined under a vehicle pollution check. Under GRAP-4, 6,046 trucks (which were not related to essential goods and services) have been returned from Delhi’s borders. Additionally, 1,316 vehicles coming into Delhi have been fined.
Minister Gopal Rai said: “So far, teams have carried out on-site inspections of 3,895 construction sites under GRAP. Challans have been issued to 921 construction sites and a fine of 1.85 crore has been imposed. A total of 591 teams have been deployed. They are inspecting construction sites and acting on violations of norms. All teams have been instructed to conduct continuous inspections.”
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