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Red Light On, Gaadi Off : Delhi Government’s Campaign To Reduce Vehicular Emissions Amid Rise In Air Pollution

The campaign was launched on October 16, 2020, by the Environment Minister with the aim of reducing vehicular pollution in Delhi by encouraging people to turn off their engines while waiting at red lights

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Red Light On, Gaadi Off Campaign: Delhi Government’s Initiative To Reduce Vehicular Pollution Amid Rise In Air Pollution
Minister Gopal Rai said that the decision to relaunch the campaign was taken after a recent data analysis showed a decrease in PM10 pollution (particulate matter that has severe health effects) and a rise in PM2.5 concentration due to biomass burning and vehicular emissions

New Delhi: The Delhi government will be implementing the ‘Red Light on Gaadi Off’ campaign from October 26, to curb vehicular pollution in the national capital amid the rise in air pollution, Environment Minister Gopal Rai informed on Wednesday (October 25).

What Is Red Light On, Gaadi Off Campaign?

The campaign was launched on October 16, 2020, by the Environment Minister with the aim of reducing vehicular pollution in Delhi by encouraging people to turn off their engines while waiting at red lights. The decision was taken after a 2019 study conducted by the Central Road Research Institute showed that idling engines at traffic signals could increase pollution levels by more than nine per cent.

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Why Is The Government Relaunching The Campaign Being?

Minister Gopal Rai said that the decision to relaunch the campaign was taken after a recent data analysis showed a decrease in PM10 pollution (particulate matter that has severe health effects) and a rise in PM2.5 concentration due to biomass burning and vehicular emissions. The Minister noted that in previous years, civil defence volunteers were involved in the campaign. This year, the campaign will involve the general public, he added.

 

Minister Rai detailed the implementation of the campaign in various areas.

The aforementioned campaign will start from ITO on October 26 and will be extended to Barakhamba Road on October 28 and Chandgiram Akhara Chowk on October 30. The campaign will further be implemented in 70 Vidhan Sabha areas.

Additionally, the government will also raise awareness about the campaign among the students of public and private schools through their eco-clubs, he added.

Minister Rai said that two minutes of idling use the same amount of fuel as nearly one kilometre of driving. He added,

Every citizen of Delhi can contribute towards mitigating air pollution by making a simple change in their daily routine—reducing vehicular pollution.

Earlier this week, the Environment Minister implemented the second phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), and issued a list of directions to reduce air pollution ahead of the winter season.

Also Read: Delhi Air Quality Plunges Into ‘Poor’ Category With Air Quality Index Of 245

(With inputs from PTI)

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