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Delhi-NCR Pollution Soars Beyond Limits: GRAP-4 Rules Unveiled – What’s Open and What’s Closed?

The Ongoing Battle Against Rising Pollution Levels in Delhi-NCR

Pollution in the Delhi-NCR region is reaching alarming levels, casting a shadow over the skies and causing discomfort for its residents. Not only Delhi but also the NCR areas are experiencing eye irritation and breathing difficulties due to the persistent thick blanket of toxic smog. As of Sunday, 5th November, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 448 at 7 PM.

Gurugram Records AQI of 500, Noida at 600

The situation is dire not just in Delhi but across the entire NCR region. Gurugram has surpassed an AQI of 500, while Noida’s AQI has exceeded 600. Delhi’s air quality remains severe, with an AQI of 471 reported at 5:41 AM. The statistics are alarming – Noida recorded an AQI of 616, falling into the ‘severe’ category. Gurugram, which borders Delhi, has also witnessed a significant increase in AQI, standing at 516. Last Sunday, Gurugram reported an AQI of 392.

GRAP’s Fourth Phase Implemented Across Delhi-NCR

In light of the escalating pollution and deteriorating conditions, the entire Delhi-NCR region has now entered the fourth phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). The fourth phase introduces eight stringent measures that have immediate effects throughout the NCR. These measures are a collaborative effort involving various NCR authorities, pollution control boards, and the DPCC.


The worsening air quality in Delhi-NCR is a cause for serious concern. The implementation of the fourth phase of GRAP brings forth stringent measures aimed at curbing pollution levels and safeguarding public health. As we navigate these challenging times, it is essential for everyone to stay informed and adhere to the guidelines to combat this growing environmental issue.