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Delhi Launches Anti-Open Burning Campaign To Mitigate The Air Pollution During Summers

The anti-open burning campaign will involve 231 patrolling teams consisting 665 personnel during the day and 186 patrolling teams consisting of 564 personnel at night from 7 different departments

Delhi Launches Anti-Open Burning Campaign To Mitigate The Air Pollution During Summers
The government has prepared a Standard Operating Procedure to prevent the incidents of fire at landfill sites. For the same, the instructions have been given to strictly implement the SOP so that incidents of fire at landfill sites can be prevented

New Delhi: The Delhi government had started running an anti-open burning campaign from Monday (May 15) which will continue till June 15 under the Summer Action Plan. The aim of the campaign is to combat air pollution during the summer months with a focus on controlling dust pollution.

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The anti-open burning campaign will involve 231 patrolling teams consisting 665 personnel during the day and 186 patrolling teams consisting of 564 personnel at night from 7 different departments. Mr. Rai said,

The Anti-Open Burning Campaign will continue for an entire month until June 15. These teams will work around the clock to monitor and prevent incidents of open burning in Delhi. Their findings will be reported to the Environment Department on a regular basis. Additionally, the Delhi Fire Service and Forest Department have been instructed to keep special vigilance in this context.

The instructions have also been issued to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for 24-hour strict monitoring of landfill sites.

The government has prepared a Standard Operating Procedure to prevent the incidents of fire at landfill sites. For the same, the instructions have been given to strictly implement the SOP so that incidents of fire at landfill sites can be prevented. Mr Rai added,

Along with this, DPCC and MCD have been instructed to continuously monitor the sites to prevent incidents of fire at landfill sites.

The Delhi government already has a winter action plan to curb air pollution. The winter plan focuses on stubble burning, firecracker pollution and industrial and vehicular emissions.

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(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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