Dust Control, Vehicle Checks, And Green Apps, Here’s Delhi’s 15-Point Winter Action Plan

by Mallika Khurana
Dust Control, Vehicle Checks, And Green Apps, Here’s Delhi’s 15-Point Winter Action Plan

As winter approaches, Delhi, the bustling national capital of India, gears up to confront its annual nemesis: air pollution. In an effort to combat this recurring challenge, Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has unveiled the ‘Winter Action Plan.’ This comprehensive strategy comes on the heels of past initiatives and aims to tackle air pollution head-on. It will safeguard the city’s residents from the hazardous effects of smog and deteriorating air quality.

Delhi’s Winter Action Plan To Tackle Air Pollution

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As per the reports from NDTV, a significant aspect of the plan involves the identification of 13 pollution hotspots spread across the city. Kejriwal’s administration has conducted an interiorisation of major air pollution sources within these hotspots. It has laid the groundwork for targeted preventive actions. This approach is in line with previous years’ strategies, where historical data was employed to predict pollution hotspots and devise proactive measures.

To combat dust pollution, water sprinklers will be deployed to settle particulate matter on the streets. Additionally, approximately 90 roads experiencing heavy traffic congestion throughout the day will be rerouted to alternative paths, reducing vehicular emissions.

In a bid to control vehicular pollution, 385 dedicated teams have also been formed to inspect vehicles for valid pollution certificates and prevent the operation of older, more polluting cars. This measure aligns with the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling, which imposed bans on diesel and petrol vehicles older than 10 and 15 years, respectively, in Delhi.

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Innovative Strategies To Battle The Pollution

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Open garbage burning, a common practice contributing to air pollution, remains strictly prohibited in Delhi. According to NDTV reports, a total of 611 teams have been tasked with monitoring and enforcing this ban. Kejriwal emphasised public participation in addressing the pollution crisis. He also urged residents to download the Green Delhi mobile application. This app reports pollution-causing activities to the relevant authorities. This approach encourages a collaborative effort to combat air pollution.

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The Chief Minister reiterated the importance of adhering to the guidelines and ensuring the effective implementation of the 15-point plan to combat pollution. He also highlighted the positive impact of previous initiatives, citing data that demonstrates a decline in pollution levels in the city. In particular, he noted the success of the ban on firecrackers in Delhi. This step has contributed to reducing pollution during festive seasons in the past.

Delhi’s ‘Winter Action Plan’ reflects a proactive and multifaceted strategy to mitigate air pollution.

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