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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal unveils 10-point action plan to combat air pollution in winters

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday (October 4, 2021) announced an action plan to tackle air pollution in the national capital. The ten-point “winter action plan” includes the formation of teams to check garbage burning, dust and vehicular emissions.

While addressing the press, Delhi CM claimed that the central government and neighbouring states did not do anything to check stubble burning by farmers which will lead to air pollution in the winter season.

Additionally, CM Kejriwal appealed to the Centre and neighbouring states to ensure free spraying of bio-decomposer for in-situ management of crop residue as his government was doing in Delhi.

The AAP leader further went on to appeal the governments to work together to clean the air. CM Arvind Kejriwal revealed that the Delhi government has formed 75 teams for inspection of construction sites to check dust pollution and there will also be special teams to monitor pollution hotspots in the city.

“We implemented graded response action plan in Delhi. We’ve formed 75 teams under anti dust campaign to review situation&penalise those flouting guidelines. We are studying impact of Delhi’s smog tower and if result is good, then more towers will be installed,” said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

Steps will also be taken to address the traffic jam on 64 identified roads to reduce vehicular pollution. The pollution under control (PUC) will be strictly followed with formation of 500 teams to check the vehicles, he said.

A total of 250 teams have been formed to enforce a ban on garbage burning in the city. Also, strengthening of green war rooms and a mass awareness campaign will be part of the winter action plan, Kejriwal said.

The chief minister said following in the footsteps of Delhi, the NCR areas should also ensure use of CNG-operated vehicles, use of clean fuel in thermal plants and other industries, hotspot monitoring and round-the-clock power supply to prevent use of diesel generators.

He said currently, air pollution is under control in Delhi but it will start rising with stubble burning in the neighbouring states in winters.