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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday sought cooperation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the odd-even formula aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on Delhi’s roads.

In a letter in Hindi to Modi, Kejriwal urged the prime minister to tell all his ministers and secretaries in the ministries to help implement the radical step that is aimed battling rising pollution in the capital.

He said the implementation of the proposed plan between January 1 and 15 will benefit if the prime minister issued the necessary direction or appeal.

Here’s the full transcript of the letter:

Honourable Prime Ministerji,

As you are aware that pollution has become a menace to the people of Delhi. We all are responsible for the issue and together we will have to find a solution to it.

In this direction, the Delhi government is taking many steps. One of the important decisions is to limit the number of vehicles on Delhi roads. In this regard, we have on an experimental basis taken a decision to implement the odd-even formula for the plying of motor cars between January 1-15, that is, in this period on one day only odd numbered cars will be allowed, while on another day only even numbered cars will be permitted. For the proper implementation of the plan, a detailed strategy is being chalked out. However, one thing is certain this rule will not be applicable on taxis, autos, public vehicles, ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

We are taking this unexpected and unpopular decision to reduce pollution in Delhi. Certainly, many people will have to face inconvenience because of this. But I believe this step to rid Delhi of pollution will be supported by one and all. In the case of favourable outcomes, we can repeat the odd-even formula. In this period, I and my colleagues will follow the plan and use car pooling to travel in the city. 

Through this letter, I urge you to motivate your ministers and supporters to adhere to the odd-even formula. In this manner, a good message will go out to the people of Delhi, giving strength to our efforts.

I am convinced if you would issue necessary instructions in this regard, it would have a significant impact in the country.

Thank you

Arvind Kejriwal

(With inputs from agencies)

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Eighty per cent of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic produced since 1950 was still present in the environment, mainly in the oceans.

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Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle are among the companies that contribute most to ocean pollution with single-use plastics, according to a study presented on Tuesday by the “Break Free from Plastic” initiative.

The environmental movement, launched in 2016, has helped clear the coasts of 42 countries around the world of discarded plastics.

“These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis,” said Von Hernandez, the Global Coordinator of Break Free From Plastic, at the presentation of the study in Manila.

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Between September 9 and 15, over 10,000 volunteers carried out 239 plastic cleaning actions on coasts and other natural environments in 42 countries, Efe news reported.

They collected more than 187,000 pieces of plastic, of which more than 65 per cent were from products by Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle. But companies such as Danone, Mondelez, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever, among others, were also mentioned in the report.

“The companies have a choice to make. They can be part of the problem or they can be part of the solution”, Hernandez told Efe.

“If they continue the use of problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging they are just encouraging more production and more pollution”.

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Coca Cola is known to spend a huge amount of money on its advertisement campaigns. Wikimedia Common

Around 100,000 pieces of plastic collected were made of materials like polystyrene, PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PET (polyethylene terephthalate) or the film of single-use plastic that were not biodegradable, the report said.

Plastic production has reached 320 million metric tonnes per year and is expected to grow by 40 per cent over the next decade, which will exponentially increase the release of greenhouse gases. Ninety per cent of plastics are produced from fossil fuels and pollutants.

“We must act now to demand that corporate brands reject their overpackaging habit in order to meaningfully reverse the demand for new plastic,” said Hernandez.

The study said that these large corporations must take responsibility for polluting the environment, as production of plastics exposes harmful substances to communities living near factories and pollutes foods and products contained in plastic wraps.

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Eighty per cent of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic produced since 1950 was still present in the environment, mainly in the oceans, according to studies cited in the “Break Free From Plastic” report.

Since then, only 9 per cent of that plastic had been properly recycled and 12 per cent incinerated. (IANS)