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CM to speak on anti-pollution steps at Denmark summit

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CM to speak on anti-pollution steps at Denmark summit

Monday, 23 September 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend the C40 Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, next month and speak on his Government’s experience in lowering pollution and other issues including the Odd-Even scheme.

According to the statement, invited as the leader of one of the world's largest metropolises, the CM will join leaders of several cities like New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles and Berlin to deliberate on the climate crisis impacting the world at the summit from October 9-12.

"The Chief Minister is expected to speak on his government's experience in lowering air pollution in the city and present the set of initiatives taken by the Delhi government that led to the 25 per cent reduction in air pollution in the city," it said.

It also stated that the Delhi Chief Minister is expected to speak about the role of improved electricity supply and the phasing out of generator sets on a large scale, the peripheral highways, the crackdown on construction sites, the increased green cover and the massive reduction in industrial pollution due to shutting down of two thermal power plants and shifting industry to CNG.

Confirming the development, the Environment Minister Kailash Gahlot said, "It is a moment of pride for India that a leader of the country will present a major governance success story before the world."

In a session titled 'Breathe Deeply', city leaders, experts, and business leaders will discuss the innovative new solutions underway in cities that are improving air quality and creating healthier, more equitable and prosperous communities, it said.

The third edition of Odd-Even scheme is scheduled to be implemented from November 4 to November 15. Kejriwal will also be speaking during the summit on the future plan of action on air pollution. "Odd Even, the flagship scheme of the Delhi government aimed at tackling air pollution had generated international curiosity the first time it was implemented in January, 2016. Apart from Delhi, only Paris and some other cities have successfully rolled out such a scheme, it said, adding that in fact, in March 2016, CM Kejriwal had been picked as one of the world's 50 greatest leaders by Forbes Magazine for the successful implementation of the innovative Odd Even scheme.

Mayors and city leaders of Asia's largest cities will meet to discuss how inclusive and sustainable growth can be attained using greener energy and leaving a low carbon footprint. Several bilateral meetings with leaders of various cities are also being planned and will be announced closer to the summit, government said.

"Kejriwal is likely to speak about the Delhi government's massive investment into improving the supply of electricity and other power sector reforms because of which not only was power supply made cheaper, but it also led to a lower emission through diesel powered generator sets," it stated.

This will be the second official foreign visit of the Delhi chief minister. In September last year, Kejriwal travelled to Seoul in South Korea to sign agreements between Delhi and Seoul.

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