Greenpeace welcomes Graded Response Action Plan, calls it an essential step to tackle air pollution, and flags for similar system at national level

Press release - October 19, 2017
Greenpeace welcomes activation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to tackle air pollution.

New Delhi 18th October 2017: Greenpeace welcomes activation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to tackle air pollution. It raises hopes that this winter may see some improvement in air pollution levels in Delhi compared to previous years.

Shutting down Badarpur Thermal Power Plant is imperative to reduce air pollution levels in Delhi and NCR, but the other thermal power plants at least in 300- 500 km radius from Delhi, also need to be brought under action by the Environmental Pollution Control Authority, as mandated by the Supreme Court. IIT Kanpur through its report on Delhi’s Air Pollution in 2015 pointed out the hazardous levels of pollutants added to air in Delhi by TPPs spread over 300 km radius around the Capital and its vicinity. In fact, to make significant improvement in air quality other TPPs in and around Delhi should also clean up their act or to be shut down.   

“This is a great start but our actions need to be comprehensive in terms of tackling big pollution sources through a systematic approach”, says Sunil Dahiya, a Greenpeace campaigner, for better air quality. “Delhi is not the only city polluted to the dangerous levels; there are many other geographies such as Patna, Agra, Ghaziabad, Lucknow Ludhiana, Jaipur etc. where the pollution levels are equal or even worse than the capital (beyond AQI level of 300) and they are facing a virtual health emergency due to high pollution levels,” remarks Dahiya.

He goes on to add “It’s high time that we start tackling this across the country through coordinated action similar to GRAP, starting with the entire northern India, to mitigate air pollution and safeguard public health”
 

For further details please contact:
Sunil Dahiya, Campaigner, ; 9013673250
Madhulika Verma, ; 9971137736