The Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR & Adjoining Areas (CAQM), the Centre's body for overlooking pollution has allowed the resumption of construction activities in the capital. This has been done by revoking the stage 3 restriction of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). The decision has been taken citing improved air quality in Delhi which was recorded as 294 on Monday, November 14, 2022.
However, while the commission revoked the restrictions under stage III, it has maintained that construction sites and industrial units which have been issued specific closure orders on account of violations or non-compliances with various statutory directions cannot resume their operations under any circumstances without any specific order.
With this, the government has also decided not to extend the curbs on plying of BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles in the capital. The restrictions on vehicles were in place till November 13 as part of the curbs under Stage 3 of GRAP.
The ban on construction activities was enforced by the government citing the severe Air Quality in Delhi NCR. According to weather forecast agencies, the AQI of Delhi is improving but is likely to remain in the 'poor' category over the next few days.
The AQI of Delhi on November 15, 2022, as per Central Pollution Control Board was recorded in the 'Poor' and 'Moderate' category across many stations. This includes 235 RK Puram, Lodhi 146 and Siri Fort 221.