Centre notifies green action plan to control air pollution in Delhi

The Supreme Court gave its approval for the plan on December 2. The measures charted out in the document will be implemented by the Environment Pollution Control Authority. The action plan was put together by the Central Pollution Control Board.The Centre notified it on Friday

Centre notifies green action plan to control air pollution in Delhi

To tackle the growing level of pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region, the Environment Ministry has amended laws and formally tasked a Supreme Court-appointed panel with implementing a graded action plan for pollution control, Indian Express reported.

As per the plan, a set of fixed measures kick in when pollution reaches specific levels categorised as emergency, severe, very poor and moderate. The notification entrusts the SC-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) to implement the graded action plan.


The Supreme Court gave its approval for the plan on December 2. The measures charted out in the document will be implemented by the Environment Pollution Control Authority. The action plan was put together by the Central Pollution Control Board.The Centre notified it on Friday.

Once the plan is notified, emergency measures like odd-even car rationing scheme and ban on construction activities will be automatically enforced in the city if level of PM2.5 breaches 300 micrograms per cubic metre and PM10 levels stay above 500 micrograms per cubic metre for two consecutive days.

Diesel generators will be banned in the city during ‘very poor’ air quality and parking fee may be hiked by three to four times. The administration will also shut down brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers.

Sunita Narain, an Environment Pollution Control Authority member, said pollution levels would be monitored by task forces on an hourly basis. “Our effort will be to not let pollution reach emergency levels,” she told Hindustan Times.