New Delhi: In order to reduce air pollution, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a ten-point winter action plan that will focus on dust control, using the Pusa bio-decomposer, in installing smog towers and checking waste combustion and vehicle emissions.Also Read – Ahead of the holiday season, Delhi’s pollution control body bans the sale and bursting of firecrackers until January 1
He also urged neighboring states to upgrade thermal power plants in areas of the NCR with new technologies and ensure the use of CNG-powered vehicles and cleaner fuel in industries in the region. Also read – Delhi to breathe fresh air soon: Smog tower at Connaught Place to start work from October 1
Kejriwal claimed that the Center and neighboring states had done nothing to control thatch burning, which would lead to increased air pollution in winter. He called on the governments of neighboring states to work together to make the air clean. Read also – Delhiites, beware! Pay a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or risk a 6-month prison sentence if you don’t have a PUC
He later urged the Center and the States to provide free spraying of the bio-decomposer for in situ management of crop residues, as his government did in Delhi. “The Delhi government has provided a solution to the problem of burning thatch from the Pusa bio-decomposer. We hope it will be used as much as possible, ”he said.
Kejriwal said the Delhi government has trained a total of 75 teams to inspect construction sites to control dust pollution and 250 teams to control waste burning. “We have imposed a complete ban on the sale and purchase of firecrackers. The Smog Tower (at Connaught Place) has worked well so far. We will continue to monitor its performance and then take a call to build more such towers in Delhi, ”added the CM.
Special teams have been formed to monitor pollution hot spots. Measures will also be taken to remedy congestion on 64 identified roads in order to reduce automobile pollution. Nearly 500 teams have been formed to verify the pollution certificates under control, he said. Strengthening green war rooms and a public campaign will also be part of the winter action plan, Kejriwal added.
“A program management unit has been set up in the Green War Room with help from the University of Chicago and GDI Partners and 50 environmental engineers have been inducted into it,” he said. The country’s first eco-park to manage electronic waste is being created in Delhi, he added.
The chief minister said that by following in Delhi’s footsteps, NCR areas should also ensure the use of clean fuel in thermal power plants and other industries, CNG-powered vehicles, hot spot monitoring and 24-hour power supply to prevent the use of diesel generators. Currently, air pollution is under control in Delhi, but it will start to increase with stubble burning in neighboring states in winter, Delhi CM added.
(With PTI entries)