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Kejriwal: Will talk to people before implementing odd-even phase 2

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, he will talk to people and get their opinions before implementing the second phase of odd-even formula in Delhi.

“From today our MLAs will hold meetings in their constituencies to get opinions on implementing the second phase of the odd-even scheme,” Kejriwal said at an event organised by the government to celebrate the Republic Day here.

The legislators would invite suggestions from the people regarding how and when to implement the next phase of the traffic restriction scheme aimed at curbing air pollution, he said.

“The odd-even scheme has been a success. And keeping in mind people’s wishes, we wish to implement it again,” the chief minister added.

The Delhigovernment had convened a meeting on Monday evening of all the ministers and AAP legislators with regard to preparations for the second phase of the odd-even scheme, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said.

The scheme was implemented on a trial basis from January 1 to 15, allowing odd-numbered four wheelers on roads on odd dates and even-numbered vehicles on even dates. While there was a lot of opposition to the scheme but it was followed by citizens without controversies. Delhi government claimed the scheme a success.(IANS)

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Experts Demand for Right Execution of Anti-Pollution Steps

There are policies and programmes to deal with air pollution

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Experts, Demand, Right, Pollution
With polluted air raising health risks in a large part of India, the situation is critical to say the least. Pixabay

 Though nine Indian cities figure among the World Health Organisation’s 10 most polluted global destinations, lack of effective implementation of pollution control measures remains a major challenge, say experts.

The Narendra Modi government’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which ensures LPG connections to women from poor families, has helped lower indoor pollution. But vehicular emissions and stubble burning in the northern states remain major contributors to air pollution.

With polluted air raising health risks in a large part of India, the situation is critical to say the least and assumes significance as we get ready to celebrate the World Environment Day on Wednesday. The United Nation’s has set “air pollution” as the theme for this year’s celebrations.

“There are policies and programmes to deal with air pollution. But there are issues with their management,” said Anand Kumar, Associate Director (Environment and Climate Change) at IPE Global, a consultancy providing technical assistance and solutions for equitable development and sustainable growth in developing countries.

Experts, Demand, Right, Pollution
Nine Indian cities figure among the World Health Organisation’s 10 most polluted global destinations. Pixabay

The government has dealt with vehicular emission through several policies, but stubble burning, which leads to smog and high level of pollutant in the national capital during winters, has not been looked at properly.

Last Diwali, in several parts of Delhi concentration of PM 2.5 exceeded 1,500 µg/m3, way above the “severe” category and could result in respiratory problems to even healthy people, said Kumar.

Environmentalist C.R. Babu stressed the need to raise public awareness. “Technology cannot help much in the fight against air pollution. The natural sinks (to absorb pollutant) have either filled or have been eliminated, while sources of pollution are increasing. How many vacuum cleaners or sprays can be used to remove dust? People’s participation is a must,” he said.

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Babu suggested creation of green buffers as one way. “We need multiple patches of vegetation across the urban areas. Only a carpet of greenery can absorb dust and pollutant,” he said. (IANS)