Advertisement
Thursday, Dec 02, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Delhi's 'Winter Action Plan' To Fight Pollution Will Be Ready By September 30: Gopal Rai

The Winter Action Plan will focus on 10 points, including stubble burning, pollution hotspots, working of smog tower and vehicular and dust pollution.

Delhi's 'Winter Action Plan' To Fight Pollution Will Be Ready By September 30: Gopal Rai
This year, too, the city government will provide a free solution to farmers to manage stubble in their fields in Delhi. We are also pushing other states to use it
Delhi's 'Winter Action Plan' To Fight Pollution Will Be Ready By September 30: Gopal Rai
outlookindia.com
2021-09-09T18:15:48+05:30

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai has said the national capital's 'Winter Action Plan' to fight pollution will be ready by September 30.

He said, "The Winter Action Plan will focus on 10 points, including stubble burning, pollution hotspots, working of smog tower and vehicular and dust pollution."

As part of the plan, the Delhi government will upgrade the 'Green War Room' launched last year to monitor and coordinate anti-pollution efforts and update the 'Green Delhi' mobile app to effectively address complaints related to pollution-causing activities.

Rai, who chaired a meeting of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, environment and forest departments, said he will call upon the Centre's Commission for Air Quality Management next week to discuss stubble burning and related issues, such as using Pusa bio-decomposer -- a microbial solution for fermenting stubble into manure.

A team of officers will also be set up to hold talks with neighbouring states about jointly fight pollution, the Delhi environment minister said.

"It is not just Delhi's problem. The issue is related to the common airshed of north India. Any activity against the environment in Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh affects Delhi too," he said.

A review meeting will be held with all departments concerned, including the municipal corporations, Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Traffic Police, Public Works Department, National Highways Authority of India, and Central Public Works Department on September 14 for their suggestions to prepare the Winter Action Plan, Rai said.

"The plan will be ready by September 30."

Rai said the odd-even car rationing scheme is always the last resort and the government will first focus on other measures to control pollution.

Delhi has already experimented with Pusa bio-decomposer and it yielded good results. "This year, too, the city government will provide a free solution to farmers to manage stubble in their fields in Delhi. We are also pushing other states to use it," he said.

"There will be no need to register cases against farmers (if they burn stubble). In Delhi, we took it upon ourselves to spray Pusa bio-decomposer in every non-Basmati rice field. There will be no need to invoke provisions of law against farmers if the governments give them a solution," Rai said in response to a question.

With PTI inputs

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

UN Seeks Release Of Kashmiri Activist Khurram Parvez, Amendment In UAPA

UN Seeks Release Of Kashmiri Activist Khurram Parvez, Amendment In UAPA

The UN has sought probe into civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir’s Hyderpora and called on the security forces and armed groups to exercise restraint.

Omicron Cases Spike: 21 Countries That Recorded New Covid-19 Variant

Omicron Cases Spike: 21 Countries That Recorded New Covid-19 Variant

South Africa, the first nation where the virus variant was detected, has reported 77 cases of Omicron so far, prompting travel bans across the world.

Man United, IPL Big Boys, Sydney Sixers Enter UAE T20 League

Man United, IPL Big Boys, Sydney Sixers Enter UAE T20 League

Lancer Capital has made its first-ever historic foray into cricket by acquiring a franchise in the UAE T20 league. The ECB has already roped in IPL teams like MI, DC and KRR.

Five Powerful Indian-Americans Rocking Silicon Valley, Parag Agrawal Latest Addition

Five Powerful Indian-Americans Rocking Silicon Valley, Parag Agrawal Latest Addition

As Parag Agrawal becomes the CEO of Twitter, the Indian diaspora's representation in the tech giants of America, especially the companies in Silicon Valley gets a new badge.

Advertisement