Why the government’s plan to tackle air pollution needs an urgent review

Study finds that four years on, the Graded Response Action Plan has done nothing to clean up the air in the National Capital Region.

It is that time of the year when large parts of North India, specifically the National Capital Region, or NCR, get enveloped by a thick blanket of smog and winter quickly loses its charm to become life-threatening instead, thanks to air pollution.

The most recent reminder of this fact came the morning after Diwali night when the Air Quality Index, or AQI, in Delhi hit the ceiling in the “severe” category at multiple monitoring stations across the city. This was an indication that the air quality in many parts of the national capital was hazardous for human health. But it …


Akshay Deshmane

Akshay is an investigative reporter and former writer at The Morning Context. Based in Delhi, he writes about the environment, public policy and economy from the lens of the pulls and pressures of an ambitious democracy. Akshay uses the right to information extensively for reporting stories of vital public interest. Over the past decade and more, he has worked for HuffPost India, Frontline, The Economic Times, Down To Earth and DNA.