New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch on September 29 an action plan to check air pollution in the city during the winter season, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Tuesday (September 26). The action plan launched last year focused on stubble management, dust pollution, vehicular emission, open burning of garbage, industrial pollution among others. A statement quoted Minister Rai as saying,
We are preparing an action plan to curb winter pollution in Delhi on the basis of reports given by the departments concerned. Instructions have been issued to all construction agencies to strictly follow the norms related to dust pollution.
He said CM Kejriwal will present the winter action plan on September 29. Minister Rai said separate winter action plans will be prepared for each of the hotspots to deal with their respective pollution sources. Anand Vihar, Wazirabad, Vivek Vihar, Wazirpur, Ashok Vihar, Dwarka, Jahangirpuri, Rohini, Bawana, Narela, Mundka, Punjabi Bagh, RK Puram and Okhla Phase 2 are identified as pollution hotspots in Delhi.
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