In a press conference on September 1, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai stated that a 15-point action plan to combat pollution has been drawn up and is being strictly implemented.
“Air pollution caused by traffic pollution”
According to Gopal Rai, traffic pollution is a major problem in Delhi. At the press conference, Rai said that a strong team has been assembled to verify the PUC certificate. According to studies, most people do not renew their pollution certificates, due to which Delhi’s air deteriorates due to dirty gases from vehicles.
He stated that the difficult decision was made in response to suggestions from ordinary people. According to Gopal Rai, people believe that strict action should be taken against those who spread pollution by playing with their lives.
According to Gopal Rai, the Petrol Pump Association has suggested that if people who do not have Pollution Under Control certificate are denied petrol-diesel, there may be a long queue at the petrol pump. Or the law and order situation may deteriorate.
The environment ministry had directed officials from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), transport department, food department and traffic police to find a solution by September 29. He stated that all departments submit their ideas within a week.
What exactly is the winter activity plan?
Gopal Rai also stated in the press conference that there is currently no plan to implement odd-even; nevertheless, the board will make a decision if necessary. He has also asked other states joining the NCR to come up with a winter action plan. On September 30, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a 15-point action plan for the winter.
1. A biodegrader is sprayed to treat the bed. According to the CM, four thousand hectares were sprayed last year. This time it takes 5000 hectares.
2. Dust control measures were announced to start on October 6 to combat dust pollution. For this, construction sites of more than 500 square meters had to be registered on the state portal, and dust management is monitored in real time. On construction sites of more than 5,000 square meters, smoke control devices are required. 233 smoke control guns will be installed in Delhi. 80 sweeping machines will be installed on roads to remove dust and 521 water sprinkler units will be installed.
3. To reduce car pollution, the PUC certificate is strictly inspected. It is followed if 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old gasoline cars are allowed on the road.
5. No one in the industry should use any fuel other than PNG; 33 supervisory groups have been established.
6. Cookies are completely prohibited. It is illegal to buy, sell or possess it. Online delivery is also not an option. 210 teams have been organized for this purpose.
7. There will be real-time air monitoring to determine where pollution occurs. Information on this topic will be available from October 20.
8. Kejriwal announced that he has made environmental friends. More than 3,500 volunteers have already registered. All this increases people’s awareness of the environment.
9. E-Roskapuisto will be built for the processing of electronic waste. This park would cover 20 acres in Holambi Kalani, Delhi. According to Kejriwal, electronic waste is treated scientifically in this park.
10. The amount of green cover is increased. This year, the goal is to plant 42 million seedlings. In the first phase, 33 lakh trees were planted.
11. A Green War Room was to be established 24 hours a day, seven days a week to monitor the environment. It was scheduled to begin on October 3.
12. The CM urged residents to download the Green Delhi app and file complaints about garbage burning or car pollution.
13. 13 hotspots have been identified in Delhi. These areas are monitored and actions to reduce pollution are implemented.
14. The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) is reviewed and implemented. This produces a three-day air quality forecast.
15. Kejriwal has also asked the states that belong to NCR to help reduce pollution. He has asked that most of the cars coming to Delhi should be CNG or electric cars.