In the wake of the worsening air quality in Delhi-NCR, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has submitted a 10-point Emergency Response Plan to Delhi government and the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC). TERI has recommended that this plan should be enforced immediately in whole of NCR on forecasted days of very high pollution. The recommendations are based on TERI’s modelling and technology development experience.
A study by TERI shows the following contributing sources of PM2.5 in Delhi:
Based on sectoral contributions and regional scale atmospheric transport of pollutants, TERI has suggested the following 10-point Emergency Response plan (only when 24-hourly PM2.5>400g/m3):
Reduce crop residue burning
Reduce transport emissions
Reduce power plant emissions
Reduce construction dust
Reduce refuse burning
Safeguard citizens’ health
The ERP is only aimed to reduce dangerously high pollutant concentrations in a short time frame. TERI, based on its past scientific studies, also recommended the following measures for medium- to-long term air quality improvement in Delhi-NCR.