The Kejriwal Government has stepped up its efforts to combat pollution in Delhi during the summer season. Following the success of previous year’s Summer Action Plan, the government will introduce this year’s Summer Action Plan with 16 focus points. Under the chairmanship of Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai, a review meeting for the Summer Action Plan was held today at the Delhi Secretariat with officials from 30 concerned departments. During the meeting all the concerned departments submitted their reports/suggestions to the Environment Department regarding the Summer Action Plan. On the basis of the reports and suggestions provided by all the departments as part of the Summer Action Plan, the Environment Department has also been directed to prepare a detailed action plan. The detailed report of the Summer Action Plan will be further submitted to the Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal on 24th April.

Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said, “The Kejriwal government has worked tirelessly to combat pollution. The Winter Action Plan, which was implemented last year to combat wintertime pollution, has led to a steady decrease in PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels in Delhi. Moreover, the pollution level has decreased by more than 30% in the past eight years. The government is developing a Summer Action Plan this year as well, focusing on 16 focus points, to combat pollution over the summer. For this, the Department conducted a joint meeting on April 12 with all of the departments concerned. The Summer Action Plan’s 16 focus points were determined during that meeting, and each department was ordered to prepare an action plan based on them, and submit a detailed report to the Environment Department within seven days i.e., by April 20. Today at the Delhi Secretariat, a joint meeting was convened to go over the reports that the various departments submitted. Officers from the Environment Department, DPCC, Development Department, Delhi Cantonment Board, CPWD, DDA, Delhi Traffic Police, Delhi Police, DTC, Revenue Department, DSIIDC, Education Department, DMRC, PWD, Transport Department, NHAI, Delhi Jal Board, DUSIB, NDMC , MCD etc. were present in the meeting.”

He continued, “Under the 16 focus points included in the Summer Action Plan, it has been decided to prepare an immediate and long-term action plan to control Delhi’s pollution and work towards its implementation. After the meeting today, the Environment Department was directed to prepare a detailed action plan on the basis of the reports/suggestions submitted by all the departments. And after preparing the final draft of the Summer Action Plan, its detailed report would be submitted to Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on April 24. The main objective of this meeting is to formulate a joint action plan against pollution inside Delhi.”

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