The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken proactive steps to address the perilous levels of air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR). The establishment of a 'Dust and Control Management Center' by NHAI is a direct response to the directives issued by the Commission of Air Quality Management (CAQM) to enhance the air quality index in the region.
NHAI, responsible for executing prestigious projects in the NCR, including the Dwarka Expressway, UER II Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, and Delhi-Dehradun Expressway, has prioritized maintaining air quality and dust levels at the construction sites. NHAI has instructed its contractors and concessionaires to thoroughly assess and adhere to the existing dust control measures, aligning with the directions given by CAQM, the Central Pollution Control Board, and State Pollution Control Boards.
These dust control measures include the deployment of mechanical sweeping machines on completed projects, constant daytime water sprinkling at construction sites, utilization of Anti-Smog Guns at construction sites and batching plants, and the covering of construction and demolition materials with green nets or cloth.
In response to the recent deterioration in air quality parameters in Delhi-NCR, CAQM has activated measures outlined in the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). NHAI, in line with these guidelines, is ensuring that every possible measure is implemented to maximize dust control across its National Highway construction sites throughout the region.
The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) is a set of measures that are implemented in Delhi-NCR based on the severity of the air pollution. The measures range from simple steps, such as banning garbage burning, to more drastic measures, such as closing schools and factories.
These initiatives reflect NHAI's commitment to tackle the severe air pollution challenges plaguing Delhi-NCR and to create a healthier and more sustainable environment for its residents.