This year apart from battling an unknown enemy, Delhi folks also have to battle a known enemy, and that is our beloved Delhi Smog (sarcasm intended). Every year in the time of October-November Delhi becomes the victim of hazardous pollution levels and starts choking on toxic air. This happens due to the stubble burning in the neighbouring states. This time, it will be even more life-threatening with Covid.
To combat this problem Mr. Arvind Kejriwal recently announced a “tree-transplantation” policy. It will prevent the felling of trees due to development works.
While addressing an online briefing to media the CM also informed about the installation of a “smog-tower” in the heart of the Delhi, that is, at Connaught Place. The Delhi Cabinet has also approved an allowance of Rs 20 crores and the tower will be constructed in a period of 10 months.
Delhi government is amongst the state governments that have taken the issue of Climate Change and Air Pollution very seriously and have taken various measures to combat them. Both these two steps have been taken under the “Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh” (Battle against pollution) campaign by the ruling government in the national capital.
Red light on, gaadi off.
Delhi starts this today as a part of our campaign “Yudh, pradushan ke virudh” in our bid to tackle pollution.
Lets all pledge to turn off our vehicles at red lights. Every single effort will contribute in reducing pollution.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 15, 2020
The CM has proudly claimed that both these initiatives are “first of its kind” to be introduced by any state government in India. The United Nations has recognized the Sustainable Development Goals under 17 heads. It means development should be in such a way that the needs of future generations are not compromised. Development projects often do not take account of the destruction caused by them to the natural flora and fauna and do not any concrete steps to reverse them. This policy of the Delhi Government is a welcome move to enhance accountability towards the environment and encouraging sustainable development.