To prepare the summer action plan along the lines of the winter action plan, Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai has convened a meeting of all concerned departments on April 11 at the Delhi Secretariat. All related departments, including Environment, DPCC, DDA, MCD, Fire Service, DUSIB, and Revenue, will be present in this meeting. Under the Summer Action Plan, immediate and long-term planning will be made and implemented.
Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said, “One of the biggest challenges in Delhi is the persistent pollution. The Delhi Government led by Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, has been working tirelessly to lower Delhi’s pollution levels ever since it was formed. The level of pollution inside Delhi is continuously declining as a result of all those actions. Due to the government’s implementation of the Winter Action Plan, Delhi has seen a consistent decrease in PM 10 and PM 2.5 concentrations throughout the winter. According to the Economic Survey 2022-23, in the good, satisfactory, and moderate category, Delhi’s AQI increased from 109 to 160 days between 2016 and 2021, while the low and extremely poor category’s AQI decreased from 217 to 196 days. In addition, between 2016 and 2022, the number of days falling into the severe category declined as well; from 26 in 2016, it was only 6 in 2022. This demonstrates that the ongoing measures being implemented within Delhi are having an impact on lowering the city’s pollution levels.”
He continued, “The Kejriwal Government has continuously made extensive efforts to save the breath of Delhiites from air pollution. Likewise, a new Summer Action Plan will be developed in the same manner as the Winter Action Plan in order to protect Delhi people from pollution throughout the summer. To reduce Delhi’s pollution, a short-term and long-term action plan will be created and put into practice. On April 11th, a meeting with all involved departments has been scheduled at the Delhi Secretariat. Officers from all the concerned departments, including Environment, DPCC, NDMC, NHAI, DDA, MCD, Delhi Jal Board, Development Department, Transport Department, PWD, Education Department, Forest & Wildlife Department, I&FC, DSIIDC, DTC, DMRC, CPWD, Fire Service, DUSIB, Revenue will be present in the meeting. After consulting with all the departments, a roadmap for implementing the summer action plan will be prepared. The government will announce the summer action plan based on the recommendations of all the departments, which the government will focus on year-round in an effort to reduce pollution.”
The Environment Minister stated, “The government is making constant efforts to reduce Delhi’s rising pollution levels. This action plan will be crucial in improving Delhi’s environment and preventing pollution in such a case.”