Gopal Rai, the environment minister for Delhi, announced on Thursday that the “Red light on, Gaadi off” campaign to reduce traffic pollution in the city had to be postponed since Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena had not given his assent.
“In recent years, the “Red light on, Gaadi off” campaign has proven effective. This year’s month-long campaign was scheduled to begin tomorrow, but no approval has been given thus far. On October 21, the file was sent to LG (Lieutenant Governor) “Rai informed the media.
“In recent years, the “Red light on, Gaadi off” campaign has proven effective. This year’s month-long campaign was scheduled to begin tomorrow, but no approval has been given thus far. LG received the file on October 21 “Rai informed the media.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi administration started the programme in October 2020, and as part of it, they pushed commuters to turn off their cars while they waited at traffic lights.
The campaign’s first phase, which was supposed to go through November 28 this year, was supposed to begin on Friday.
On October 21, Rai said that 2,500 civil defence workers would be deployed to run the campaign, adding the drive will be active for 10 hours a day – the first shift from 8am-2pm and the second shift from 2pm-8pm.
“In addition, traffic police will run this programme by concentrating on 10 significant four-ways in Delhi that see heavy traffic. In place of 10, 20 civil defence volunteers will be used in such four methods during each shift. During a press conference, Rai stated that these civil defence volunteers would use banners and placards to increase public awareness.
After lighting fireworks to celebrate Diwali, the air quality in Delhi has gotten worse recently. The post-Diwali air quality in Delhi, though, was the finest since 2015.
On Thursday, the air quality plunged to the very poor category because of calm winds and cool weather conditions. At 8.10am, the air quality index (AQI) stood at 333, compared to 262 on Wednesday morning. On Monday, Diwali, the AQI was at 312 at 4pm.