Delhi Chief Minister and the President of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal, on Friday, has said that the odd-even vehicle rule is all set to return to the national capital from November 4 to November 15. He also said that the move is expected to reduce pollution in the area by 13-15%.
While talking to the media, Kejriwal said that he has received a lot of suggestions for pollution control from the public and that based on these suggestions, the government has come up with a seven-point action plan.
He also said that the government will procure masks for the public on a massive scale and that they will be made available to the public, free of cost. Furthermore, he said that they will try to make them available in October itself, so that people have them before November 1 when smoke levels start rising. He added that N95 category masks will be acquired for the purpose.
Apart from this, the Chief Minister said that on the eve of Chhoti Diwali, the government is planning to organize a laser show. He urged the public to gather in huge numbers to enjoy the show rather than bursting crackers which will only add to the pollution in the city. On a related note, the Supreme Court has banned the sale of crackers in the national capital.
Besides this, the party chief also said that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will also adopt mechanised sweeping and use water sprinklers to control dust. He said that they want to achieve 100% mechanised sweeping in Delhi.
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Additionally, a massive plantation drive is also scheduled to be undertaken and a helpline number will also be released to ensure saplings are delivered to the people in their homes. Further, a war room will also be developed to address public grievances.
The Delhi government, as a part of its seven-point action plan, has also identified 12 spots across the national capital, that witness high levels of pollution. According to Kejriwal, special attention would be paid to these areas and a separate plan will be made for them.