Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on June 11 that a joint action plan was the need of the hour as pollution levels in the nation’s capital remain high.
Gopal Rai said that they have incorporated CNG vehicles in Delhi and are now taking conscious steps to promote and convert them into electric vehicles. He added that only 30% of Delhi’s pollution comes from inside Delhi and the rest comes from outside.
The minister claimed that the Delhi government is working on a mega tree planting campaign, hoping to increase green cover. They are now at 23% tree planting and the impact is gradual but surely visible.
While addressing an event marking World Environment Day at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on June 5, Delhi Minister Gopal Rai said his government was working hard to protect the environment, but that “it is necessary to do more and improve”.
During the event, the environment minister said Delhi is the first state to switch to electric buses and has the highest level of green coverage among all major cities. “We also need to make our roofs and balconies green,” the minister said.
“The Delhi government has embarked on a mission and will soon provide training to people to help them grow vegetables in their homes,” he added.
New Delhi among the most polluted cities in the world
According to the global air quality report prepared by the Swiss organization IQ Air, New Delhi was ranked the most polluted capital in the world in 2021.
However, emissions from the transport sector pose the greatest threat to Delhi’s air quality. According to a 2018 study by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), motor vehicles are the biggest source of pollution in Delhi, accounting for almost 40% of emissions from PM 2.5.
The burning of stubble and smoke from firecrackers during Diwali also add to the damage, however, motor vehicle emissions, on the other hand, occur throughout the year, making them the most crucial source of pollution and the most constant in the city.
Moreover, cities surrounding Delhi like Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad also need to take similar measures to quickly achieve the desired effect.