New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the residents of the city to help reduce pollution in the capital. He gave a simple 3-point formula that he said could help reduce pollution significantly.
This included turning off the vehicle’s engine at traffic signals, carpooling or taking public transport at least once a week, and registering an air pollution complaint using the Green Delhi app on your phone.
The minister also said that the pollution at the local level is within a safe limit, but it is increasing due to stubble burning in other states.
During the virtual press conference, Kejriwal said, “I have been tweeting air quality data for the past one month. This shows that pollution has started increasing because neighboring states did not help their farmers, who grow paddy. They are forced to burn the stubble.”
He also mentioned that it is high time that Delhiites should take responsibility and actually take measures to reduce pollution. He said turning off the engine of the vehicle while waiting at the traffic signal should become a habit.
“Even though we will launch a formal campaign again from October 18 this year, I request you to start it today in a personal capacity. Studies have shown that by doing this we can collectively save around Rs 250 crore annually and reduce pollution by 15%”, was quoted by HT.
He said that people should also become the eyes and ears of the Delhi government by reporting incidents of pollution like burning of garbage so that it can be stopped. He urged people to download the Green Delhi app and claimed that they have resolved more than 23,000 complaints received through the app so far.
Earlier this month, he announced a 10-point winter action plan to control pollution, which worsens in the winter months due to various factors including stubble burning in neighboring states. The winter action plan will focus on dust control, use of Pusa bio-decomposer, installing smog towers and checking waste burning and vehicular emissions.
During this, he said that special teams have been formed to keep an eye on pollution hotspots. Steps will also be taken to remove traffic jams on 64 identified roads to reduce vehicular pollution. He said that 500 teams have been formed to check pollution control certificates.