New Delhi: To control pollution in the air across Delhi, the state government is going to start a campaign ‘Red Light On Gaadi Off' in Delhi from October 18 to November 18. The campaign has been announced by the Environment Minister of Delhi Gopal Rai on Thursday.
For the initiative, a joint meeting with senior officials of environment and revenue departments and Delhi Police held over the implementation of the 'Red Light On Gaadi Off’ campaign.
According to the government, 2,500 civil defence volunteers will be deployed at 100 intersections across Delhi to make the campaign successful. Ten volunteers each will be deployed at 90 intersections of Delhi and 20 environmental marshals each will be deployed at the 10 major intersections in the city.
The campaign will run in two shifts between 8 am and 8 pm. As said by the environment minister of Delhi, to make people aware of the campaign and the role of common people, pamphlets with an appeal to the public on behalf Chief Minister of Delhi will also be distributed.
Rai said, “The Delhi government is taking all necessary steps to reduce pollution levels in the state. To put a plug on dust pollution, the anti-dust campaign was launched on October 7. To reduce stubble burning pollution, the Pusa bio-decomposer is being sprayed all across Delhi for free by the government. Now, to reduce vehicular pollution, CM Arvind Kejriwal has requested the support and participation of the people of Delhi in this fight. He has made three appeals to the public. First — turn your car off at red lights, second — try not to use your personal vehicles at least once a week and third — report any instance of pollution you see on the Green Delhi App.”
Rai stated, “As informed earlier as well, the PCRA has reported that vehicle pollution can be drastically reduced by 13-20 per cent just by switching off cars at red lights, and a further of Rs 250 crore can be saved through this activity. We can all contribute towards reducing vehicular pollution while going about our day-to-day work in this campaign. This campaign was extremely successful the last time because people participated enthusiastically. I am appealing to everyone to be a part of this and reduce the pollution to protect Delhi. There are two kinds of pollution that Delhi has to bear with – one, that comes from within, and second, that comes from other states. Our responsibility is to reduce the pollution that we internally create as much as possible to keep ourselves healthy.”