Faridabad/Gurugram/Panipat, October 1
With failure on part of the industries to switch over to cleaner fuels like PNG, thousands of units in the region are facing closure or production halts as the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), a set of anti-air pollution measures followed in the national Capital and its vicinity, comes into effect on Saturday.
The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), an agency of the Ministry of Environment, had set September 30 as deadline for switching over to green fuel, but a majority of the units have failed to comply with the directions in view of the cumbersome conversion process. GRAP restricts the running of diesel generators in the NCR. Only generators retrofitted for using cleaner fuels will be allowed to operate for a maximum of two hours per day.