Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday called for the establishment of a joint action plan by Delhi and its neighboring countries to combat the high levels of air pollution in the winter season.
Mr Rai said Delhi will begin drafting a “winter action plan” next week and called on Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to implement the measures the national capital took last year to prevent air quality deterioration .
“Last year, we launched the “Red Light On, Gaadi Off” campaign to minimize vehicle pollution… set up a “Green War Room” to monitor and coordinate pollution efforts. We also ran an anti-pollution campaign that can be replicated in NCR areas of other states,” the minister said.
Mr Rai said a group of representatives will call on the Union’s Environment Minister and the Center’s Air Quality Management Commission to discuss the need for a joint action plan that can be implemented in Delhi and neighboring states to combat air pollution during to fight the winter.
He said Delhi experimented with Pusa biodecomposer, a microbial solution, for fermenting stubble into manure and had good results.
Use of Pusa bio-decomposer needs to be scaled up and accelerated in neighboring states.
“We want the governments in neighboring states in Northern India to take steps in this regard. We will discuss the matter with the Union Minister and the Central Panel… If efforts in this direction are not accelerated, it will be difficult to deal with the problem of stubble burning,” said Mr Rai.