DPCC bans diesel generators in Delhi from Oct 15 to curb air pollution

New Delhi (NVI): In a bid to curb air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) today issued directions to ban the use of diesel generators in the city from tomorrow.

The air quality in Delhi-NCR has been dipping due to the onset of the winter and stubble burning by farmers in the neighbouring states.

“DPCC hereby bans the operation of generator sets of all capacities, run on diesel, petrol or kerosene in Delhi with effect from October 15 till further orders, excluding those used for essential or emergency services,” an official order read.

On Wednesday, Delhi recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 274 at 10:30 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 300 on Tuesday. The AQI had hit “very poor” levels on Tuesday morning and stood at 306 at 11 am, which was the worst since February.

Under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), DPCC has banned the use of generator sets of all capacities, run on diesel, petrol or kerosene in Delhi, excluding those used for essential or emergency services.

Essential services include healthcare facilities, elevators, railway services, Delhi Metro, airports and interstate bus terminals and the data centre run by the National Informatics Centre.

GRAP is a set of anti-pollution measures that come into force in Delhi and its vicinity towns according to the severity of the situation.

-CHK