Laser Show On Chhoti Diwali, Home Delivery Of Plants: Kejriwal's 7-Point Action Plan
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (File Photo)
In a bid to curb pollution during the upcoming winter season in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced his government's seven-point 'Parali' Winter Action Plan. Addressing a press conference in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader urged the netizens not to burst firecrackers this Diwali and instead take part in a laser show organised by the state government on the festival day. The measures to tackle pollution in Delhi also includes distribution of masks, mechanised sweeping of roads, tree plantation, a return of the much-debated odd-even car-rationing scheme and special plans for 12 pollution hot spots in the city.
Here are the Highlights of Kejriwal government's seven-point Winter Action Plan:
- The odd-even road rationing scheme will be implemented in Delhi from November 4 to November 15, a plan which is expected to reduce about 10 per cent pollution in Delhi.
- The Delhi government will start distributing N-95 category mask in large numbers from this October. N95 category mask, a disposable safety device, which covers the nose and mouth, protects the wearer from breathing in small particles in the air such as dust and mold.
- There will be a ban on firecrackers across Delhi this Diwali. To make the Delhiites celebrate a cracker-free Diwali together, the government will also arrange a laser show on the day of festival.
- Water spraying system will be also engaged into controlling dust while machines will be put in service to clean the Delhi roads.
- Special plans are also in pipelines for the 12 polluting hotspots in Delhi. Those places include Anand Vihar, Bawana, CRRI Mathura Road, DTU, Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, Dwarka-Sector 8, Jahangirpuri, Mundaka, NSIT Dwarka, Narela, Okhla Phase-2, R K Puram, Rohini, Shadipur, Wazirpur.
- With the help of Marshall and RWA, action will be also taken against the impacts of burning wood and leaves in the winter.
- Under the Daily Tree Challenge, Delhiites will take part in tree plantation programme across the city.
The seven-point scheme is named 'Parali Action' by chief minister Kejriwal as farmers from Haryana and Punjab burn stubble during the winter.
Delhi, which is home to approx 19 million people, has been reeling under the menace of pollution from the past couple of years. The region faced a major air quality crisis last year as pollution levels shot through the roof and even forced the shutdown of schools.
First Published: Friday, September 13, 2019 03:50 PM