Highlights:

  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal issued a 10-point winter action plan for the national capital
  • The government also enforced a ban on firecrackers
  • Delhi was the most polluted capital city in the world in 2020 for three consecutive years

On Monday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal issued a 10-point winter action plan for the national capital. He hopefully remarked that the plan will help combat air pollution in Delhi, which deteriorates during the winter season due to a number of factors, involving stubble burning by the farmers in the nearby states.

While addressing a press conference, the Delhi chief minister cited, “I have been posting Delhi’s air quality recording since September 15, and we have seen that Delhi’s population levels are in control. But since the central and the neighboring state governments have not done much to help farmers, Delhi’s air quality will start deteriorating in a few days because of the stubble burning.

The chief minister continued that he has been urging the central government and neighboring states but no steps have been taken to stop stubble burning and other things that threats the national capital’s air quality.

Arvind Kejriwal stated, “Instead of playing the blame counter blame game, we have found a solution to stubble burning. We have requested the central government to take into consideration our request and hope this alternate plan will be implemented.”

The Aam Admi Party chief explained that they have formulated a decomposer (a solution) with the help of Pusa, which once sprayed on the crop residue will eliminate the need to burn it. Reportedly, the Delhi government has been spraying it for free, Punjab and other states can do the same in a measure to encounter stubble burning.

Furthermore, he noted that they have constituted 75 teams, as a part of the anti-dust campaign, who are entrusted to survey the entire capital and thereby impose heavy penalties on those who are found violating the government’s dust pollution norms. 250 teams have also been formed for stopping the burning of garbage. The government also enforced a ban on firecrackers.

The chief minister informed about the installation of smog towers, mentioning that they have done good so far and they will continue to analyze results before taking a call to install more such structures. He further emphasized monitoring of pollution hotspots using apps. Moreover, the Green War Rooms are being strengthened and the Delhi government has hired around 50 environment engineers.

The Green Delhi app is being supervised continuously. The chief minister said that the public is also encouraged to use it and lodge complaints of any violation. He also informed about the first Eco waste park in the country that is being constructed within twenty acres of the land.

The AAP chief voiced that the measures are being taken to reduce traffic jams and minimize the emission caused by cars and other vehicles. The chief minister added, “We have also intensified checking for Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates and are cracking down on diesel vehicles older than 10 years.”

The chief minister also touched upon the work done by the Delhi government to control the pollution in the capital like 24*7 electricity, shut down of two coal-fired thermal power plants, 100 percent conversion of industries to PNG, initiation of tree transplantation policy to cut down the number of trees being cut for construction purposes, implementation of electric vehicle policy, etc.

According to a report by a Swiss group that ranked cities based on their air quality measured, Delhi was the most polluted capital city in the world in 2020 for three consecutive years. In addition, the World Air Quality Report 2020 by IQAir that was issued globally in March noted that Delhi registered an annual average PM 2.5 concentration of 84.1ug/m3.

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