Arvind Kejriwal announces a 10-point action plan for controlling Delhi pollution

Arvind Kejriwal-led-Delhi government’s 10 point action plan to curb pollution includes the construction of the eco-waste park

Arvind Kejriwal has announced a 10-point action plan to curb the rising pollution level in Delhi during the winters.  

While announcing the action plan, he stated that despite writing and sending multiple letters to the central and neighbouring state governments, they did not take any steps to provide an alternative solution to stubble burning by farmers. “Due to this, the farmers will be forced to burn their stubble, which in turn will increase pollution levels in Delhi in the next few days,”

The CM has been posting the air quality data for Delhi since September 15. The data varies within the good to moderate level.

The action plan

(Translation of the tweet: Delhi’s 10-point plan against pollution- Bio de-composer for stubble, Action on dust pollution, fine for burning garbage, ban on firecrackers, smog tower, Hotspot Monitoring, green war room, Green Delhi App, India’s first e-waste park, control vehicular pollution)

Kejriwal talked about measures taken by the Delhi Government to curb pollution levels like the closing of coal-powered thermal plants, constructing peripheral highways, and many more during the press conference to announce the action plan. The action plan is as follows:

1. Stubble burning: A decomposer (a solution) has been prepared with the help of the Pusa Institute to stop the need of burning the stubble. Punjab and other neighbouring states can also spray the solution for free like the Delhi Government.

2. Anti-dust campaign:  Kejriwal and his government have formed 75 survey teams that will keep a tab on the entire city and impose a hefty penalty on perpetrators found guilty of violating the dust pollution norms.

3. Barring garbage burning: The government has formed 250 teams.

4. Ban on firecrackers: Delhi has proposed to ban bursting firecrackers during the upcoming festival season  

5. Smog towers: The government will continue to monitor and analyse results before deciding on more such installations.

6. Monitoring of pollution hotspots:  The hotspot will be monitored using an app.

7. Strengthening Green War Rooms: Delhi government has hired 50 environment engineers to strengthen the green war rooms.

8. The Green Delhi app: The app will be constantly monitored. Kejriwal urged people to use the app and lodge complaints about any violation of pollution norms.

9. Eco waste park: 20 acres of land have been allotted for the first of a kind waste park in the country.

10. Vehicular pollution: The AAP supremo said that 64 congestion points are identified across Delhi. They will take steps to control traffic and resultant pollution in these points. The government has intensified checking on Pollution certificates of cars along with cracking down of cars aged more than 10 years.

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