Delhi govt launches campaign against open burning to curb pollution
20 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
To reduce pollution in the nation's capital, the Delhi administration on Tuesday announced a special campaign against open burning.
The Delhi administration on Tuesday announced a special campaign against open burning to reduce pollution in the nation’s capital,.
In light of the rising pollution in Delhi, Environment Minister Gopal Rai instructed department personnel to conduct a “Anti Open Burning Special Campaign” over the upcoming 10 days. 611 teams from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the Revenue Department, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, and other departments will be working on the ground for this campaign.
The environment minister urged all organisations and Delhi’s Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) to give heaters to staff members and security guards on night shifts.
Gopal Rai stated “These 611 teams will collaborate for day and night. Teams will patrol continually, including after dark, to prevent rubbish burning events. All the teams will monitor Delhi from ground zero to make sure there are no open burning events, and if any are discovered, the teams will take action against the responsible parties.”
He said that “For this campaign, the DPCC, MCD, Revenue, and Irrigation and Flood Control Department have been assigned special responsibilities. With the help of the populace, the Delhi Administration has been able to reduce pollution, and the government is now engaged in numerous programmes to do so.”
In order to prevent open burning, Gopal Rai pleaded with all the agencies and RWAs in Delhi to supply heaters to the staff and security personnel on night shifts. Additionally, he makes a plea to all citizens to file a complaint using the “Green Delhi” application in the event of any open burning incidents so that the department is notified as soon as possible and may take appropriate action.
According to SAFAR, the National Capital’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Tuesday morning was 378, which is considered to be “extremely bad.”