Private construction ban in Anand Vihar over pollution spike in Delhi

The share of smoke from farm fires in Delhi’s pollution was 32 per cent in 2020 and 19 per cent in 2019.

Published: 24th October 2022 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th October 2022 07:57 AM   |  A+A-


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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The Delhi administration has issued an order banning private construction in Anand Vihar and adjoining areas till further orders in view of the rising air pollution levels there. 

“The Air Quality Index at Anand Vihar and adjoining areas measured 410 on October 22. Hence, the Commission for Air Quality Management has taken serious note of it and instructed that necessary precautionary and dust mitigation measures be taken to control rising air quality index in the above areas,” the order issued on Saturday said.    

“Therefore... it is directed to all concerned to stop private construction with immediate effect till further direction. Non-compliance of the direction will be viewed seriously,” it read. 

According to the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), if air quality turns “severe” (AQI 401 to 450) authorities are required to enforce a ban on construction and demolition activities in Delhi-NCR, except on essential projects (like railways, metros, airports, ISBTs, national security/defence-related projects of national importance) and non-polluting activities such as plumbing, carpentry, interior decoration and electrical works.  

GRAP is classified under four stages of adverse air quality in Delhi. Stage one in a case of ‘poor’ air quality, stage two for ‘very poor’ air quality, stage three for ‘severe’ air quality and stage four for ‘severe plus’. The share of smoke from farm fires in Delhi’s pollution was 32 per cent in 2020 and 19 per cent in 2019.


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