Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has revealed a comprehensive winter action plan aimed at curbing pollution in the national capital. During a press conference, Kejriwal highlighted that pollution levels have notably declined over the past eight years due to various government initiatives, including the introduction of electric buses and the Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy.
One of the key elements of the winter action plan is the expanded use of the Pusa biodecomposer, which prevents stubble burning. This microbial solution, developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), can transform paddy straw into manure within 15-20 days. Last year, it was applied to 4,400 hectares of farmland, and this year, it will be used on 5,000 hectares to further reduce crop residue burning.
To combat dust pollution, the government plans to deploy 530 water sprinklers across the city. Additionally, 385 teams will be responsible for inspecting vehicles for pollution certificates and ensuring that overage cars are not in operation. The Supreme Court’s 2018 ban on diesel and petrol vehicles older than 10 and 15 years, respectively, in Delhi will be enforced, with impounding of vehicles in violation of the order.
The city administration has also banned open garbage burning in Delhi, with 611 monitoring teams tasked with overseeing its implementation. Kejriwal urged residents to download the Green Delhi mobile application and report any activities that contribute to pollution.
The winter action plan reflects the Delhi government’s commitment to addressing air quality concerns and providing a cleaner and healthier environment for its citizens. As pollution remains a pressing issue, these initiatives aim to build on past successes and further reduce pollution levels in the city.