Delhi News: After the decline in the overall air quality index of the capital Delhi, the Environment Minister of Delhi has started the Red Light on Gaadi Off campaign from today. Last time the aim of such a campaign was to reduce the air quality index. This time also the government is making a similar effort.
‘Red Light on Gaadi Off’ campaign started from today
With the onset of winter season, the environmental condition in Delhi NCR is getting worse due to pollution. To control pollution, Delhi government has started the ‘Red Light on Gaadi Off’ campaign from ITO intersection from 26th October i.e. today. This time the Delhi government will run this campaign with public participation.
Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that ‘Red Light On, Vehicle Off’ campaign will be run at Barakhamba on October 28 and Chandgiram Akhara intersection on October 30. This campaign will be run in all 70 assembly constituencies on 2nd November. He informed that on November 3, an awareness campaign will be conducted among children in schools through 2000 Eco Clubs.
This campaign was started in 2020
Gopal Rai said that we started this campaign in 2020, its basis was based on the study conducted in different parts of the country. Scientists from the Council of Industrial Research and the Central Road Research Institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, conducted a study in 2019. According to which, 9 percent more pollution is caused due to vehicles not switching off their engines at red lights.
The Environment Minister said that the logic behind the experiments being done is that as I say again and again, when we leave the city in the morning by car, we pass through 10 to 12 red lights by the time we reach home in the evening. Due to our habit, we keep our car engine running at these intersections. This means that we spend 25 to 30 minutes burning fuel unnecessarily. The aim of the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign is to change this habit, so that people switch off the engines of their vehicles at red light.
Gopal Rai informed that a study was conducted on Bhikaji Cama Redlight under PCRA and Petroleum Conservation Partnership in Delhi. When the survey was conducted there without any campaign, only 20 percent people used to switch off the engine of the vehicle at red light, in such a situation placard volunteers started the campaign there. When the survey was conducted after the campaign, it was found that about 80 percent of the people started switching off the engine of their vehicles. Such a campaign has also been conducted in many cities at the international level.
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