Delhi: To check the open burning of leaves and waste etc during Summers in Delhi, anti-open burning campaign has been started by the Delhi Government recently. The campaign will be running from 15 May 2023 to 15 June 2023. Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced the launch of an anti-open burning campaign in Delhi on Friday. He said that under the Summer Action Plan, the Kejriwal government is going to start an anti-open burning campaign in Delhi for a month from May 15 onwards. Under this campaign, 231 patrolling teams during the day and 186 patrolling teams at night will be deployed from 7 departments. Along with this, instructions have also been issued to DPCC and MCD for 24-hour strict monitoring of landfill sites.
Gopal Rai said that on May 1, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the Summer Action Plan to reduce pollution levels during the summer time and now as part of this effort, the anti- burning campaign will be on for a month.
“The campaign will involve 231 patrolling teams consisting of 665 personnel during the day and 186 patrolling teams consisting of 564 personnel at night from 7 different departments. These teams will work around the clock to monitor and prevent incidents of open burning in Delhi. Their findings will be reported to the Environment Department on a regular basis. Additionally, the Delhi Fire Service and Forest Department have been instructed to keep special vigilance in this context,” said Rai.
He further said, “A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has also been prepared to prevent incidents of fire at landfill sites. Instructions have been given to strictly implement this SOP, so that incidents of fire at landfill sites can be prevented. Along with this, DPCC and MCD have been instructed to continuously monitor the sites to prevent incidents of fire at landfill sites.”