New Delhi: To curb air pollution, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a ten-point winter action plan that will focus on dust control, using Pusa bio-decomposer, installing smog towers, and Checking waste burning and vehicular emissions. Read- Delhi Pollution Control Body ban cell before festive season, bursting of firecrackers till January 1
He also urged the neighboring states to retrofit thermal power plants in NCR regions with new technology and ensure use of CNG-powered vehicles and clean fuel in industries in the region. Also read- Delhi will soon get fresh air: Smog Tower in Connaught Place to start functioning from October 1
Kejriwal asserted that the Center and neighboring states have done nothing to stop stubble burning, which will lead to an increase in air pollution during the winter season. He appealed to the governments of neighboring states to work together to make the air cleaner. Also read- Delhiites beware! Not having PUC can lead to a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or a jail term of 6 months
Later, he urged the Center and states to ensure free spraying of bio-decomposer for in-situ management of crop residues, as his government has been doing in Delhi. “The Delhi government has provided a solution to the problem of stubble burning at Pusa Bio-Decomposer. We hope that it will be used as much as possible,” he said.
Kejriwal said the Delhi government has constituted a total of 75 teams to inspect construction sites to control dust pollution and 250 teams to check the burning of garbage. “We have put a complete ban on the sale and purchase of firecrackers. The Smog Tower (in Connaught Place) has yielded good results so far. We will continue to monitor its performance and then consider construction of more such towers in Delhi,” the CM said.
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 about 500 teams have been formed to check the pollution control certificates. Kejriwal said strengthening the Green War Room and a public campaign would also be part of the winter action plan.
“With the help of the University of Chicago and GDI Partners, an event management unit has been set up in the Green War Room and is comprised of 50 environmental engineers,” he said. He said that the country’s first eco-park for the management of e-waste is being set up in Delhi.
The Chief Minister said that following the footsteps of Delhi, the NCR regions should also ensure use of clean fuel in thermal power plants and other industries, CNG-powered vehicles, hotspot monitoring and round the clock power supply to check the usage. of diesel generator. The Chief Minister of Delhi said that air pollution is under control in Delhi at present, but it will start increasing due to stubble burning in neighboring states.
(with inputs from PTI)