Construction, and demolition work is prohibited as Delhi’s air quality worsens

The limitations include a ban on construction and demolition work, except crucial initiatives involving, among other things, national security, defense, railways, and metro rail.
New Delhi: On Saturday, the National Capital Region’s authorities were given instructions by the Centre’s air quality panel to implement curbs, such as a ban on construction and demolition activities, as part of stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan, in response to the worsening pollution levels in Delhi.
The restrictions won’t apply to important projects involving, among other things, national security, defense, railroads, and metro rail. But the thing is that in this area mining isn’t permitted.
States may impose restrictions on the movement of BS III petrol and BS IV diesel four-wheelers in the NCR in light of the deteriorating air quality, according to the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM). Authorities are not required to follow this directive.
Housing projects in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, and other places may be impacted by the moratorium on construction activities.
At 4 p.m., Delhi’s 24-hour average air quality index was 397, the lowest level since January. On Thursday, it was 354, on Wednesday, 271, on Tuesday, and Monday, it was 302. (Diwali).
It divides the Delhi-NCR air into four different categories: Stage I is labeled “Poor” (AQI 201-300), Stage II is labeled “Very Poor” (AQI 301-400), Stage III is labeled “Severe” (AQI 401-450), and Stage IV is labeled “Severe Plus” (AQI >450).
The subcommittee of the commission remarked during an emergency meeting on Saturday night that due to unfavorable climatic conditions and a sudden increase in agricultural fire occurrences, it is judged necessary to execute Stage III of GRAP with immediate effect in the entire NCR.
Construction and demolition activities are strictly prohibited in the NCR under stage III, except for necessary projects and non-polluting tasks like plumbing, carpentry, interior design, and electrical work.
Earthmoving for boring, drilling, and excavation; fabrication and welding operations; loading and unloading of building materials; manual or conveyor belt transfers of raw materials, including fly ash; and vehicle movement on unpaved roads are all prohibited.
Additionally, it forbids the use of batching plants, as well as the laying of sewer, water, drainage, and electrical lines through open trench systems, the cutting and fixing of tiles, stones, and other flooring materials, grinding activities, piling work, waterproofing work, and road construction and repair projects, including the paving of sidewalks, pathways, and central verges, among other things.
Additionally prohibited in the NCR are brick kilns, hot mix plants, stone crushers not using clean fuels, and mining and related operations.
The NCR authorities have also been instructed to shut down any businesses operating in industrial zones with PNG supply and infrastructure that do not use permitted fuels.
Industries that do not use recognized fuels are only permitted to operate five days a week in industrial regions without PNG infrastructure and supply.
All paper and pulp businesses, distilleries, and captive thermal power facilities will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Units for processing rice and paddy must be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, all dyeing operations for textiles, clothing, and accessories are prohibited. Other industries to remain closed on Fridays and Saturdays that do not fit within the aforementioned categories CAQM read an order.
The manufacturing of life-saving medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and medicines as well as milk and dairy businesses have been spared from the restrictions.
The restrictions are in addition to those currently in place under GRAP stages I and II.

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