Rise of Air Pollution this Winter : GRAP launch in Bengal
GRAP is planned to be launched in all major polluted cities in Bengal.
AQI (air quality index) is a measure that decides the category of air quality - AQI rises as air quality goes bad to worse.
GRAP is divided into a number of stages - each stage activation follows certain range of AQI.
Stage 1 activated for poor category AQI. Stage 2,3 and 4 are imposed for `very poor', `severe' and `severe plus' respectively.
Coming winter is likely to see surge in air pollution. As temperature drops the stagnant pool of polluted air reaches close to the earth surface and causes health related difficulties.
GRAP includes periodical mechanical sweeping, sprinkling of water on roads, disposal of dust and garbages in designated sites, enforcement of garbage burning stop, containment of demolition materials and waste generation from construction sites. Traffic movement, monitoring identified pollution hot spots, PUC norms implementation, action against visibly polluting vehicles with fine are included in GRAP. Truck traffic diversion and 50% reduction of heavy vehicles movement, except for those meant for essential services and carrying essential commodities, strict action against bursting of banned firecrackers and use of non-compliant DG sets are also included in GRAP. more