On the basis of complaints received on the ‘Green Delhi’ app, the Delhi government has identified 150 such places where pollution spreads the most. The city had last year launched ‘Green War Room’ to monitor and coordinate anti-pollution activities and ‘Green Delhi’ app to effectively deal with complaints related to polluting activities.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday released the ‘iOS version’ (running on iPhone) of the app, saying that out of 27,000 complaints received, over 23,000 have been settled. He said most of the complaints were related to municipal corporations, Delhi Development Authority and Public Works Department. Rai said that based on the complaints received on the app, we have identified 150 such places from where maximum number of complaints of pollution have been received.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Authority had earlier identified 13 such places in Delhi where pollution spreads the most. These places were Rohini, Dwarka, Okhla Phase-II, Punjabi Bagh, Anand Vihar, Vivek Vihar, Wazirpur, Jahangirpuri, RK Puram, Bawana, Mundka, Narela and Mayapuri.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a 10-point ‘Winter Action Plan’ to tackle air pollution in Delhi, including dust control, use of Pusa biodegradables, installation of smog towers and burning of garbage and vehicles. Measures such as curbing emissions are included. The Chief Minister had also appealed to the neighboring states to set up new technology thermal power plants in the NCR, ensure CNG-powered vehicles and clean energy in the industries in the area.
The Chief Minister claimed that the Center and neighboring states had done nothing to stop stubble burning by farmers, which would increase air pollution during the winter season. He appealed to the governments of neighboring states to work together to make the air cleaner. Kejriwal appealed to the Center and the neighboring states of Delhi to ensure free sprinkling of biodegradables for the management of post-harvest straw, as is being done by his government in the national capital. He had said that the Delhi government has come up with a solution to the problem of stubble burning and that is Pusa Biodegradable. We hope to use it as much as possible.
Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has constituted 75 teams to monitor construction sites to check dust pollution in Delhi. He said that 250 teams have been formed to ensure that the complete ban on burning of garbage in the city is followed. The Chief Minister said that we have completely banned the sale and purchase of firecrackers. The Smog Tower (Connaught Place) has shown good results so far. We will keep a watch on its functioning and after that we will consider setting up more such towers at other places in Delhi. He said that efforts would be made to remove the problem of traffic jams on 64 identified routes to reduce vehicular pollution. He said that 500 teams have been formed to check pollution control certificates. He also said that strengthening ‘Green War Rooms’ and awareness campaigns will be part of the Winter Action Plan.
Delhi last year launched the Green War Room to monitor and coordinate anti-pollution efforts and the Green Delhi app to effectively address complaints related to pollution-generating activities. He said that we received 23,000 complaints on the app. 93 percent of them have been resolved.
Kejriwal said that the country’s first eco-park is being set up in Delhi for the management of e-waste. On reducing pollution, the Chief Minister said that round the clock power supply should be ensured to stop the use of diesel generators in the National Capital Region (NCR). He said that air pollution is under control in Delhi at present, but during the winter season pollution will start increasing with stubble burning in neighboring states.