After hitting out at the neighbouring cities for their failure in stopping farm fires which can impact the capital’s air quality, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the Delhi Citizens to turn off their cars when the signal is red, use carpool and other eco-friendly measures to help the city record less pollution.
“Air pollution has been slowly increasing for the last three-four days. One of the main reasons is that stubble burning has started in neighbouring states where governments have failed in helping farmers in this regard. We can get a clear picture of that through Nasa images… Last week, we presented a 10-point action plan. Today, I seek your help in reducing air pollution in personal capacity,” the Chief Minister said in a tweeted video.
Few days earlier, Kejriwal’s government had launched a 10 point action plan to alleviate increase in air pollution levels. He also announced that the government will start the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign from October 18 and will increase awareness among the natives about the significance of switching off engines when the traffic signal is red. This will help in reducing vehicle emissions, that will significantly contribute in reducing the pollution levels. Though the campaign is all set to start from October 18, he appealed to the people to voluntarily start the campaign in their own capacity from now onwards.
“Even though we will launch a formal campaign this year again from October 18, I request you to start it in personal capacity from today. Studies have shown that by doing this we can collectively save around ₹250 crore a year and reduce pollution by up to 15%.”
The Chief Minister had been tweeting the daily AQI recordings of the capital city. On Tuesday, the 24-hours average air quality index was at 179, which is regarded as moderately polluted.
Earlier, Kejriwal released a winter action plan on October 4, which included free distribution of bio-decomposers which will help diffuse the paddy stubble, burning which is one of the main reasons of pollution, in the soil.
It will also include tight surveillance on the ban of firecrackers, installation of smog towers, installation of dust suppression devices, prohibition on burning of garbage and constantly keeping track of pollution hotspots.