Enthusiastic response to anti-pollution campaign, says Gopal Rai

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Enthusiastic response to anti-pollution campaign, says Gopal Rai

Saturday, 24 October 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said that people are enthusiastically supporting the Delhi Government's 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign which will be spread across all the assembly constituencies in the coming week,

Rai, who visited the Barakhamba Road-Tolstoy Road crossing along with councilors on the third day of the campaign, said, October 26 onwards the initiative will spread across all 70 constituencies by MLAs and on November 2, it will be implemented in 272 wards to reach as many people as possible.

“Today councillors spread awareness at Barakhamba Road signal. We can see the enthusiasm in people of Delhi. On October 26, MLAs will take the initiative to all 70 constituencies. On November 2, this campaign will be implemented in 272 wards to reach and include as many people as possible,” he said.

Explaining about measures being taken to control pollution, he said that Delhi Pollution Control Board (DPCC) is closely monitoring 13 pollution hotspots in Delhi and bio-decomposers have already been sprayed in 1000 acre of farm lands.

The minister launched the campaign on October 21 at ITO traffic signal where he was seen asking people to turn off their vehicles at the red light, had appealed to the public to actively participate in the fight against pollution.

“People are enthusiastic and are becoming a part of this campaign. It is spreading in the city at a good pace. The Aam Admi Party (AAP) government's campaign, which will go on till November 15, aims to spread awareness at 100 traffic signals in the capital. A total of 2,500 civil defence volunteers will be standing with placards, asking commuters to switch off engines of their vehicles, at these signals,” he added.

Rai had said that Delhi's vehicular pollution can be reduced by 15-20 per cent if commuters turn off their vehicle engines while waiting at traffic signals. He had appealed to the people of Delhi to act responsibly and stop burning fuel at traffic signals.

"The campaign is an attempt to reduce vehicular pollution. Delhi has around one crore registered vehicles. Altogether, vehicles burn fuel at traffic signals for around 15-20 minutes every day. This campaign aims to stop fuel-burning at signals.

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