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Work From Home May Return in Delhi Soon. Deets Inside

Work From Home Latest News Today: If the air quality of Delhi deteriorates to the ‘Severe Plus’ category, residents of the national capital might get an option to work from home. When the Air Quality Index (AQI) will cross 450, the fourth stage of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will come into force wherein 50% of staff in public, municipal and private offices can be allowed to work from home. Besides work from home, the fourth stage of GRAP also suggests the closure of the educational institution. Moreover, the odd-even rule (use of vehicles on an odd-even basis) might make a comeback.Also Read – Work From Home Advised For Gurugram Employees For Friday After Heavy Rains

For the unversed, the GRAP for the National Capital Region (NCR) has now been classified under four different stages of adverse air quality in Delhi: Stage I – Poor (AQI 201-300); Stage II – Very Poor (AQI 301-400); Stage III – Severe (AQI 401-450); and Stage IV – Severe Plus (AQI >450).

Notably with the beginning of the stubble burning season, Delhis air quality has started to deteriorate again with the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) nearing 200. Following this, the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal  announced a 15-point Winter Action Plan to curb air pollution in the capital city.

Delhi Government’s 15-Point Action Plan To Curb Pollution

  1. Ban on fire crackers
  2. 521 water sprinklers
  3. Over 350 anti smog guns
  4. 3500 paryavaran mitras
  5. Green Delhi app to register complaints
  6. Distribution of bio-decomposer to farmers to control stubble burning
  7. Preparation of alternative routes to divert heavy traffic
  8. Monitoring of pollution hotspots
  9. Providing uninterrupted electricity supply
  10. Regular inspection construction sites
  11. Getting industries to switch to PNG
  12. Increasing green cover
  13. Promoting e-vehicles
  14. Inducting electric and CNG buses
  15. Erecting smog towers

The chief minister said certain steps by the government, including the introduction of an electric vehicle policy in 2020 and 24-hour electricity supply, air-pollution level had declined in the last four year. Meanwhile, the AAP government has also decided that petrol and diesel will not be provided without PUC (pollution under control) certificate at petrol pumps in the city from October 25.

“Vehicular emission is one of the key contributors to rising pollution in Delhi. It is imperative to reduce it so it has been decided that from October 25 petrol, diesel will not be provided at petrol pumps without PUC certificate of the vehicle,” Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said in a press conference.

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