New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ initiative to tackle the problem of rising air pollution in the national capital.
Addressing a digital press conference Arvind Kejriwal said that there are one crore vehicles registered in Delhi, out of which if 10 lakh vehicles turn off ignition at traffic signals, around 1.5 tonnes of PM10 will reduce in a year, and the PM 2.5 will decrease by 0.4 tonnes. The initiative has been launched under the ‘Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh’ campaign of the Delhi government.
Kejriwal said, “The pollution in Delhi is increasing and the situation of air-pollution deteriorates in Delhi every year due to the toxic air, due to the stubble burning in the neighbouring states. The stubble burning has started and with time, the number of stubble burning cases is increasing in the neighbouring states. I think the toxic air becomes a bit diluted when it reaches the national capital, but the farmers who burn the stubble are the worst hit.”
“From today, we are launching a new initiative, and we will need the cooperation of the citizens. Every time vehicles stop at a red signal, we have noticed that drivers do not turn the engine off. This is known as idling when the vehicle emits a lot of toxic air, said Kejriwal.
He said, “The experts have noted that when a car is in the idling mode, it emits a lot more pollutants than when the car is traveling. If the car is in idling mode for 10 seconds it emits more pollutants than if you stop the engine and then restart …During this time one car utilizes around 200 mL of fuel. But if you switch off the engine at the red signals, you can save Rs.7000 per month.”