A round table conference with experts, NGOs, and officials on reducing air pollution was organized by the Delhi government and chaired by environment minister Gopal Rai on February 27, 2020.
It was attended by experts, NGOs and officials to discuss an action plan to tackle air pollution in the national capital.
Delhi Government to come up with various action plans
Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the government will come up with three-level action plan, five-year plan, one-year plan, and winter plan to fight air pollution in the city.
The Minister said that suggestions have come from the conference that included a joint inter-State committee of implementing agencies and allowing outdoor construction only till October and indoor construction from October every year, among others.
The government also plans to come up with a 20-point list of actions residents can take to reduce air pollution, turning the efforts into a mass movement.
Experts have identified major sources of pollution: Gopal Rai
Rai said, “After listening to all experts, we have analysed three major components through which we can address the issue. All experts have identified four major sources of pollution in the city — vehicular, dust, biomass and industrial pollution. They suggested that the government should first prepare an action plan to address these.”
The experts also suggested that the government should prepare an action plan to tackle air pollution for the whole year to reduce pressure during winter months when there’s a sharp dip in air quality.
Among other suggestions were creating a construction awareness campaign, completing outdoor construction work before winters, focusing on last mile connectivity and increasing budgetary allocation for the environment.
Mr. Rai said that suggestions have come that public and contractors should be made aware that outdoor construction should be done only till October and all indoor works should be done during winter, so that we need not ban construction.
The Environment Department will take a call after submitting a report on the suggestions to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal next week.