05 Oct 2020: Fighting air pollution amid coronavirus: Kejriwal's government prepares seven-point-plan
On Monday, AAP's Twitter handle released a seven-point action plan to take on air pollution; focusing on pollution hotspots and building an app were included in it.
A war room will also be set up.
Campaign: Kejriwal launched massive campaign, 13 hotspots will be in focus
Though Delhi's fight with life-threatening air pollution is sadly a recurring phenomenon, this year the challenge has multiplied due to the raging coronavirus crisis.
Referring to the same, Kejriwal on Monday launched Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh — a mega campaign to combat air pollution.
At a virtual press conference, he revealed separate plans have been readied for 13 pollution hotspots of Delhi.
Details: Through app, residents can alert authorities about pollution-causing activities
The CM said that both pollution and coronavirus leave an impact on the lungs, implying that Delhi has to be more prepared this time.
He said the war room will oversee that anti-pollution measures are being enforced.
A mobile application, called Green Delhi, is also in works. Through the app, residents can tell authorities about pollution-driving incidents like garbage burning or industrial pollution.
Fact: Grievances will have to be addressed within stipulated time: Kejriwal
"People can bring pollution-causing activities, such as garbage burning or industrial pollution, to our notice. There will be a deadline to address complaints. I will get a daily report about resolved and pending grievances," he explained.
Orders: Potholes will be filled, concerned departments notified: Kejriwal
Moreover, all concerned departments were directed to fill potholes to curb dust emissions. Kejriwal called dust one of the biggest contributors to pollution in Delhi.
AAP revealed the government will implement a tree plantation policy as well and encourage the use of electric vehicles (EVs).
The government is also poised to take stringent action against parali burning, the tweet read.
Stubble burning: Kejriwal claimed economical solution to stubble burning has been found
Kejriwal reiterated, as he has done many times in the past, that Delhi reaches uninhabitable levels of air pollution due to stubble burning in the city and neighboring states.
"Scientists at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute here have found an economical way to deal with the problem. They have prepared a solution which can turn stubble into manure," he went on.
Fact: Next year onward, Delhi will bring other states on board
"We are going to prepare this solution at a large scale from Tuesday under the supervision of experts from the institute. This solution will be used in Delhi this year. Next year, we will urge other states to use it," the AAP leader added.
Fact: AAP's tweet can be read here
Data: Delhi's poor air days have already begun, claimed reports
Notably, Delhi's poor air days have already started, driven by a reduction in wind speed and the beginning of stubble burning.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the AQI on Friday reached 180, which falls in the moderate category.
"Further deterioration to the higher end of moderate or lower end of the 'poor' category is likely by October 4," said SAFAR.