The Delhi government is going to start its “red light on, gaadi off” campaign on account of the air quality in the nation’s capital declining to the ‘bad’ category. The initiative in the ITO region will be formally launched by Environment Minister of Delhi, Gopal Rai. At significant traffic crossroads, volunteers will be positioned with signs encouraging drivers to stop when traffic signals turn red.
To implement the GRAP-2 (Graded Response Action Plan) in Delhi, a conference comprising 28 departments was convened. Gopal Rai stated that eight more areas were found where the Air Quality Index (AQI) was higher than 300, in addition to the 13 hotspots.
“Nodal officers were directed to deploy special teams at these eight points to assess local sources of pollution,” he stated. Delhi is frequently rated as one of the most polluted cities in the world. The AQI often declines as winter draws near and the weather shifts.
The city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) varied from “poor” to “very unhealthy” on Wednesday. The Opposition has accused the Delhi administration, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, of being unprepared to address the pollution situation, which has also raised political discourse on the subject.
The government and the people are equally concerned about the high levels of air pollution that the whole northern area of India is experiencing. In response, the “red light on, engine off” campaign is a proactive measure to improve the nation’s capital’s air quality and lower pollution levels.