Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday declared 10 points winter action plan to fight air pollution in the national capital. The plans include regulation of garbage burning, dust, and vehicular emissions. The CM stated that air pollution in Delhi is now under control but, it would begin to rise in the winter months due to stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring states.
CM Kejriwal has appealed to the Central and nearby State governments to join hands and work together. He said that the Delhi government has set up 75 teams to review construction sites for dust pollution, as well as special teams to assess pollution hotspots throughout the city. Also, to reduce vehicular pollution, steps will be taken to address traffic congestion on 64 targeted roadways. According to him, the pollution under control (PUC) will be vigorously enforced, with 500 teams formed to inspect vehicles.
According to Kejriwal, 250 teams have been constituted to enforce the national capital’s waste burning prohibition. The winter action plan will also include the strengthening of green war rooms and a public awareness campaign.
Let’s have a look at the 10 plans listed by Kejriwal to control air pollution in the capital during winters:
- Stubble burning: With the support of the Pusa Institute, the Delhi government has created a decomposer (a solution) that when sprayed once over the crop residue, eliminates the need to burn it. The Delhi government has been spraying it for free, and asked other states like Punjab and to do so as well.
- The anti-dust campaign to be boosted: Delhi government has created 75 teams to inspect the entire national capital and slap stiff penalties on anyone who break the government’s dust pollution rules.
- Stopping garbage burning: 250 teams have been formed to prohibit the burning of garbage.
- Firecrackers are prohibited: Delhi government has banned the use of firecrackers.
- Installation of smog towers: The smog towers have performed well thus far, and the Delhi government will continue to evaluate results before deciding whether or not to build more of them.
Monitoring pollution hotspots: CM Kejriwal said that with the help of an app, pollution hotspots will be tracked.
- Strengthening Green War Rooms: The Delhi government recruited 50 environmental engineers to strengthen the green war rooms in the national capital.
- The Green Delhi app is under regular monitoring: Arvind Kejriwal said that the Green Delhi app is under constant surveillance and the public is also encouraged to use it. If they find any violations, they can report them.
- Eco garbage park: According to Kejriwal, Eco garbage park is the first of its kind in the country. The project has been given twenty acres of land.
- Vehicle pollution: Kejriwal said that initiatives are being taken to alleviate traffic congestion and thereby reduce emissions created by cars and other vehicles. The chief minister stated that 64 traffic congestion sites have been discovered throughout Delhi and actions will be made to decrease traffic and pollution.
Delhi Chief Minister advised NCR areas to avoid the usage of diesel generators by following Delhi’s path and should ensure the use of CNG-powered cars, clean fuel in thermal plants and other businesses, hotspot monitoring, and 24-hour power supply.
Several times Delhi has been reported as one of the most polluted cities in the world based on its poor air quality. Hence, these measures by the Delhi government will help in tackling the air pollution in Delhi and NCR during winter times.
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