Delhi recorded an AQI of 343, suggesting that air pollution is ameliorating, therefore, the Centre’s air quality panel ordered the authority to remove curbs imposed on construction work in Delhi-NCR.

On Wednesday the Centre’s air quality panel directed authorities to repeal the restrictions imposed in Delhi-NCR under stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan, including a ban on non-essential construction and demolition work, as air pollution is getting better in Delhi-NCR.

Delhi recorded an average air quality index (AQI) of 343 in 24 hours improving from 385 on Tuesday. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) said in an order that the forecast by the India Meteorological Department and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology shows that the AQI would not increase into the severe category in the upcoming days. 

The order said that it is advisable to relax the stringent restrictions and roll back Stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) with immediate effect in the entire national capital region (NCR). 

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