Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal confirms that the “Red Light on, Gaadi off” initiative will begin once again from October 18 onwards. The campaign aims at reducing the air pollution levels in the national capital. CM Arvind Kejriwal has requested Delhiites to start off the campaign today itself. However, the initiative will be launched formally on the coming Monday.
“We had started the “Red Light on, Gaadi off” initiative last year and it will begin again from October 18. As soon as you stop at a Red signal, turn down the engines of your vehicle. You can begin today itself, though it will be launched formally on 18th,” CM said.
Kejriwal urged people to use public transport once every week instead of private vehicle. He promoted the use of metro, buses and shared vehicles over personal conveyance to reduce pollution levels and fuel consumption. “We should decide not to take out our vehicle at least once a week and travel on the metro, bus, or share vehicle with others. Experts say if we do this, pollution can be brought down and fuel can be saved.,” he said.
The Green Delhi app and opinion on “Red Light on, Gaadi off”:
Delhi CM further asked Delhiites to download the Green Delhi app and file complain against industries or vehicles breaking rules. “If you have not downloaded the Green Delhi app, do it. If you see pollution anywhere in Delhi- a truck causing pollution, any industry doing the same, waste being burnt- you can complain through the app. Our team will reach the spot and stop the source of pollution.,” Kejriwal said.
Opinion: Campaigns and initiatives like “Red Light on, Gaadi off” can help sufficiently in reducing the air pollution levels and carbon emission. India being the 3rd largest emitter of carbon dioxide, has pledged to bring carbon emission down by 33-35% from 2005 levels under the Paris climate agreement. Initiatives like “Red Light on, Gaadi off” can help the country in achieving its goals by the year 2030.
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