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Breathing crisis: Delhi’s ‘Red Light On, Car Off’ campaign extended by 15 days

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In view of rising air pollution in Delhi, the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign will be extended for another 15 days to curb vehicular pollution. Giving information about this, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Tuesday that it has been decided to extend the ‘Red Light on Car Off’ campaign which ends on November 18 for 15 more days. The second phase of the campaign will run from November 19 to December 3.

Gopal Rai said that in a meeting held today with the officials of Punjab, Haryana, UP, Haryana, the Delhi government proposed that work from home (WFH) should be implemented in NCR areas as well as construction work should be banned and Industries should also be closed.

He said that the Central Government in its affidavit in the Supreme Court has given 4% contribution to pollution in Delhi due to stubble burning and 35-40% elsewhere in the same affidavit. These two cannot be right. We request the Union Minister to clarify this.

Air quality in Delhi ‘very poor’ for third consecutive day

The air quality in the capital Delhi on Tuesday was recorded in the ‘very poor’ category for the third consecutive day with the AQI at 396. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the morning stood at 349 in Ghaziabad, 359 in Greater Noida, 363 in Gurgaon and 382 in Noida. According to the ‘Sameer App’, which gives information about air pollution, the AQI in most of the monitoring centers in Delhi was recorded in the ‘very poor’ category. At some places like Dwarka Sector-8, Patparganj, Alipore, Shadipur, DTU and Punjabi Bagh, the AQI remained in the ‘severe’ category with the AQI crossing 400.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the average AQI of Delhi stood at 396. Delhi’s air quality showed slight improvement on Sunday, though it remained in the ‘very poor’ category. Delhi’s average AQI on Sunday was 330, compared to 473 the day before.

It is noteworthy that the AQI between zero and 50 is ‘good’, between 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, between 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, between 201 and 300 ‘poor’, between 301 and 400 ‘very poor’. And between 401 and 500 are considered in the ‘severe’ range.

Appeal to stop using vehicles once a week

It is worth noting that in order to control pollution in Delhi, the ‘Red Light on Gaadi Off’ campaign was once again started from October 18 last month. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged Delhiites to help reduce pollution in the city by stopping using vehicles once a week and turning off vehicles at red lights.

Kejriwal had said that the time has come that Delhiites should take the responsibility of reducing pollution. It is essential that everyone takes responsibility and contributes to three measures, including the ‘Red Light on Car Off’ campaign starting 18 October to reduce locally generated pollution. We also started the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ initiative last year. It will start again from October 18th, as soon as you stop at the red light, turn off the engine of your vehicle.

He said that experts say that keeping the vehicle engine off at red light can save Rs 250 crore and can also reduce pollution by about 13-20 percent. He appealed to the people that we should take a decision not to remove our vehicle at least once a week and to take the metro, bus, or car pool with others.

Kejriwal had also said that if you have not downloaded the Green Delhi App, then do it today. If you see pollution anywhere in Delhi – a truck that causes air pollution, any industry that is causing pollution, burning garbage – you can complain through the app. Our team will reach the spot and stop the source of pollution. He said that people should become the eyes and ears of Delhi government by reporting incidents of pollution so that it can be stopped.

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