Gurugram, Oct. 9 -- The use of diesel generators in Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Sonepat and Panipat will be banned from October 15, as per the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap), when the air quality deteriorates. The directives were issued at a meeting convened by the Supreme Court-appointed Environmental Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Monday.

The ban will, however, exclude emergency services such as hospitals and will also allow condominiums to run diesel generators during power outages but only for operating elevators.

This will be the first time that a blanket ban on diesel generators has been announced in Gurugram during the winter pollution cycle.

In the previous years, areas outside Delhi were exempted - it w...