'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' practice by 10% of Delhi's vehicle could reduce 1.5 TPA PM10

15.10.2020, New 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 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 and 0.4 tonnes of PM2.5 will be reduced in a year. The initiative has been launched under the 'Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh' campaign of the Delhi government.

Despite the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar's claim that air pollution to the level of merely 4 - 5% is caused due to stubble burning, Chief Minister 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 neighboring states. The stubble burning has started and with time, the number of stubble burning cases is increasing in the neighboring 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."

The Chief Minister further 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 it. In this way, you can also save more fuel in your car. Every day, one car spends around 15 to 20 minutes at the red signal on an average. 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."

Running of Diesel Generators & Thermal Power Plants in NCR has direct impact on Air Pollution in Delhi

15.10.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai on Thursday wrote a letter to the Supreme Court-mandated EPCA and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) requesting these agencies to shut down all the 11 thermal power plants of the NCR. He said "Red light On Gaadi Off" campaign can bring down vehicular pollution in Delhi by 15-20%. He said that tomorrow he will hold a high-level meeting with the senior officials of several departments to make a roadmap of this campaign.

The Minister stated that Delhi is the only state where petrol diesel and kerosene run generators have been ordered to be shut. All hotspots have been ordered to have 24x7 patrolling. To further lower the pollution levels, steps have been taken to increase the green cover. As opposed to the given target of 15 lakh, 25 lakhs tree plantation has been done. There were 1500 factories in the city, which used harmful fuel, but 1400 units out of those have replaced and begun to use PNG. The citizens of Delhi were encouraged to make use of electric vehicles as part of the policy. The Delhi government is doing manifold work to suppress the rising pollution levels.

The Minister further mentioned that despite Delhi Govt.'s multipronged approach to curb air pollution, it can't be a reality without support from Central Government and neighbouring States. He stated that within a radius of 300 metres on all four sides of Delhi, there are 11 thermal power plants which are still functioning, and the Central government plans to give them an extension. Out of the 12, only 1 power plant is technologically equipped to lower pollution levels. The other 11 continue to release harmful gases. On 8 May 2020, CPCB said after submitting 18 lakh per month as fine; states can continue operating thermal power plants. But we ask how they can allow them to function after surpassing the deadline for two months."

He said, “We plan to give it in writing to CPCB and EPCA, that for power, under section 5, an order should be issued demanding the shutdown of power plants within 1 week, till circumstances are serious. We request them to not show any partiality. If generators in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Haryana will operate, then Delhi will face direct consequences. The Centre needs to realise that pollution as a problem is not related to the boundary. It is air set related. And the air set cannot be divided. Within a radius of 300 KM is Delhi air set. If there’s any cause of pollution, it will affect the entire city. This calls for a collective effort. All we ask for is assistance, for this cannot be done without a concerted and collaborative application."

DPCC to impose a fine of Rs. 2 million on PWD

15.10.2020, New Delhi: In continuation to his surprise inspections, Delhi Govt.'s Environment Minister Gopal Rai today undertook a surprise inspection of the construction sites of the drain being constructed along the main road of Burari in its series of anti-dust operations in Delhi.

The minister found large-scale violations of the guidelines issued by the Delhi government on the spot. He expressed strong displeasure over this and said that the sites were found to be grossly negligent in complying with the guidelines issued by the government.

Negligence is shown in the vigilance that the departments should take to deal with the growing pollution crisis inside Delhi. "We have directed the DPCC to impose an environmental compensation penalty of Rs 20 lakh on the PWD. In addition, PWD has been directed to install two water tankers at the site. At the same time, it is instructed to cover the ejected soil," he said.

The environment minister said, "The government has started an anti-dust campaign to prevent pollution from dust blowing in Delhi. Under which the government has issued necessary guidelines and strict action will be taken on its violation. Particularly, the departments should take caution in the way the pollution crisis is increasing within the city."

Instructions have been issued that all the concerned departments should take immediate action on the complaints of dust blowing. Regarding construction work, the environment minister said that detailed guidelines have been issued by the Delhi government regarding the reasons for which dust pollution can occur. Shri Rai said that all the agencies will have to follow it strictly and if not done, stringent action will be taken against them.

Kejriwal calls for a mass movement to promote Solar energy utilization in Delhi

14.10.2020, New Delhi: Inaugurating the 218 kWp solar power plant at Lady Irwin Colleg, one of the most prestigious colleges of the country, on 14th October 2020, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that to strengthen the solar power usage in Delhi, the solar energy has to be transformed into a mass movement. He said that the Delhi government has formulated policies in this regard, such as Mukhya Mantri Solar Power Yojana, that includes incentivizing the installation of solar power plants for residential and commercial properties and Mukya Mantri Kisan Aay Badhotri Solar Yojana that includes increasing the income of farmers by three to four times. He also said that Green Energy is the future of resources of energy, and Delhi will soon become the Solar Capital of India through such initiatives.

Congratulating Lady Irwin College for the initiative, the Chief Minister said “Two policies were designed by the Delhi government, the first was expanding solar power generation to the citizens of Delhi. Solar power was not affordable and is not under the affordability bracket of the general public. Under the policy, the people only had to give their rooftops. A company would install the solar power panel on the rooftop, and Hydroelectric will provide a subsidy on the solar power panel so that the initial spending is less. The power company would then sell power to you, as well as to other power companies. The residents, RWAs, or any entity which is installing the solar power panel, does not have to spend any capital cost, and in fact, they will save money on power consumption as well. They will be able to save lakhs by just giving their rooftops and completing or signing on some documentations. Our second policy is for the farmers, where if the farmers permit installation of solar power panels at some height and the farmers will receive rent from the solar power plants. They can also continue cultivating their farmlands. This increases their income by three to four times. They can start earning 1 lakh per acre instead of Rs. 40000-50000 per acre.”

Kejriwal informed that within 4 years Delhi’s total solar power generation has gone up from 7 MW to 177 MW. Emphasizing on the need to increase the scope of utilizing solar energy in Delhi, the Chief Minister called for a solar energy movement in the city through promotion, and creating mass awareness about the schemes.

Terming Thermal energy as a polluting source of energy, while hydro-electric power plants require huge land area, and therefore, not feasible for a state like Delhi, Kejriwal said that future belongs to Green Energy, where solar power energy has a pivotal role. Delhi Chief Minister also mentioned about the schemes to promote solar energy such as, Delhi Solar Energy Policy 2016, Mukhya Mantri Solar Power Yojana and Mukya Mantri Kisan Aay Badhotri Solar Yojana.

The Delhi government has signed low tariff renewable energy power purchase agreements and has played a major role in enabling DISCOMS to enter into PPAs for 2000 MW of renewable power at the lowest rates in the country of about Rs 2.8 per unit.

Delhi asks Centre to shut 11 Thermal Power Stations in NCR

14.10.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday, the 14th October 2020, wrote a letter to the Union Power Minister, R K Singh requesting to shut down all the 11 thermal power plants (TPPs) of the NCR. Addressing a Press Conference at the Delhi Secretariat the Minister said that the biggest contributors of Delhi pollution are the TPPs around Delhi. He said that the Delhi government is the only state government which has shut down all the 3 TPPs inside the state. He further stated that despite the Supreme Court order, the Central government intends to renew these power stations and allow them 2 more years, while shutting down the 11 TPPs will create a definite difference in Delhi’s pollution level.

Responding to Media questions the Minister said, "Dadri Power Station, which causes immense pollution in the city despite crossing its threshold of completing 25 years is being planned to be renewed by the Central government. Stubble burning and power plants are the biggest contributors to the harmful quality of air in Delhi. On the issue of air quality, the minister said every step counts."

He also stated that "Delhi has alternative sources to generate power and there is no lack of it even during the peak hours, so these thermal plants can be closed as it will not lead to reduction of power supply."

"All construction sites to practice 5 key anti-dust pollution directives", stressed Delhi Environment Minister

12.10.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday said that every Delhi government, Central government agencies and individuals should follow the 5 key anti-dust pollution directives at construction sites issued by the Delhi government. He said that every construction site should be covered with tin shed, and green blankets, a regular sprinkling of water should take place and trucks carrying construction materials should be covered. The minister informed that from today Delhi Govt. has also started micro monitoring of the 13 hotspots of Delhi. Nine Deputy Commissioners of MCD appointed as nodal officers of these 13 hotspots. Shri Rai said that in a bid to sensitise about the Green app we have launched sensitisation program with the officials of various department. He also said that tomorrow on 13th October, at 12 PM Delhi Chief Minister will launch spraying of anti-stubble burning solution at Narela’s Hiranki Village.

Delhi government has recently launched a war against pollution. Construction work of NBCC site at Netaji Nagar and PWD department at the Kasturba Nagar were stopped, as both these places were not equipped with anti-smog guns. NBCC has installed only one antismog gun in place of the required 2 such guns.

Gopal Rai further said that there are various construction sites having area lesser than 20,000 square meter, which are not following the antidust pollution directives of the Delhi government. He called upon all the central government and Delhi government Bodies that any construction site should follow the five key directives of the Delhi government. These directives are also applicable for private construction works.

Firstly, 10 mt thick teen sheds should be installed in all the construction sites so that the dust does not fly. These shades should be covered with a green sheet so that the dust cannot come out of the restricted spot. Thirdly, the agencies should sprinkle water at the area and outside the area too. For areas more 20,000 sqm they should install anti-smog guns but others should sprinkle water regularly. Fourthly, the construction site and the adjacent area should be covered with a net. Lastly, the cars or trucks which are carrying the construction materials should also be covered and the wheels of these trucks should be washed regularly."

The minister emphasized the urgency of following the directives as it could help to fight against the respiratory related disease Covid 2019, as well. He also stated that anyone found flouting these directives will be subject to punitive action against such agencies and individuals. He stated "I have witnessed that agencies are only putting covers at the sites when they are getting the news that the Delhi government teams will be visiting. This is not the right attitude. This is a collective responsibility of every citizen."

The 13 hotspots of Delhi, where micro monitoring has started, are Rohini, Dwarka, Okhla Phase-2, Punjabi Bagh, Anand Vihar, Vivek Vihar, Wazirpur, Jahangirpuri, R K Puram, Bawana, Mundka, Narela and Mayapuri.

FICCI imposed fine for violation of Air Pollution Control Guidelines of Delhi Govt.

10.10.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh on FICCI for violation of environmental regulations according to sources.

Earlier on 9th October 2020, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai monitored the demolition works at Pragati Maidan and FICCI. He said that if FICCI, an acclaimed industrial body, has ben carrying out demolition activity without installing the anti-smog gun at their Tansen Marg, Delhi project site. The Minister instructed to stop the work and a penalty be imposed.

Gopal Rai noted that to prevent dust pollution in Delhi, the Delhi government has issued detailed guidelines for all construction sites under the Anti Dust Pollution Campaign. He said that to prevent dust pollution in Delhi, the Delhi government has issued detailed guidelines for all construction sites under the Anti Dust Pollution Campaign.

The minister also informed that Delhi government has identified 39 sites with more than 20,000 square meter areas; out of this 33 sites have installed anti-smog guns but 6 sites have not. He also mentioned that Delhi government has issued guidelines for small to large construction sites. Around 14 teams are monitoring whether the guidelines issued by the government are being followed at the sites.

"We will take stringent action if the guidelines are not followed. No relaxation can be given to anyone in this case. Anti-smog guns are just a solution, the main problem is dust and therefore water must be sprinkled. One way of sprinkling water is an anti-smog gun, which sprays water at a distance and it has a system which quickly pulls out the dust. To prevent dust pollution, the government has issued detailed guidelines regarding the sprinkling of water, covering the materials, movement of vehicles and debris etc.", said Gopal Rai.

Delhi Govt passes Tree Transplantation Policy

09.10.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday launched the "Tree Transplantation Policy" under the 'Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh' campaign, which requires a minimum of 80% of the trees affected by construction or development projects to be transplanted. The implementation of this policy will be in addition to the policy of the compulsory afforestation of 10 saplings. He also said that it is the responsibility of the agencies which are responsible for transplantation, to ensure that 80% of the transplanted trees survive after a year. A dedicated Tree Transplantation Cell and local committees will be formed which will include government officials, citizens, RWAs to monitor the transplanted trees and to monitor the transplantation task. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal also announced that the Delhi government is installing the second smog tower in the world at Cannaught Place for which the Delhi cabinet has sanctioned Rs 20 crores for the installation which shall be completed within 10 months.

Addressing a digital press briefing, Kejriwal informed about various measures to be taken under the campaign, including EV, tree transplantation, preventing stubble burning, etc. One of the key components of this campaign was the tree transplantation policy. He said, Delhi being an old city, it has 400 - 500 years old trees, which are strong and woodland is very dense. The Chief Minister stated that despite efforts to preserve the trees, due to construction and development works, the trees are often cut. Until now, the policy was to plant 10 saplings as a compensatory effort, against felling of one tree. With the adoption of tree transplantation policy, in addition to the policy of planting 10 saplings in place of every one tree cut down, the trees now can be transplanted scientifically. Delhi is the first state in the country to have passed such a policy.

The new policy states "A minimum of 80% of trees affected by a project, over and above compensatory afforestation of planting of 10 saplings, will be transplanted. Also, a minimum of 80% of the transplanted trees should survive."

Kejriwal also mentioned that Delhi government is going to form a panel of the agencies that excel in the task of transplantation. Those departments which need trees to be transplanted, can approach any of these agencies. The payment of the agencies will be made only if 80% of the trees continue to survive after a year.

The Chief Minister also said that a dedicated Tree Transplantation Cell will be formed by the Delhi government and local committees which will include government officials, citizens, RWAs to monitor the transplanted trees and to certify that the task has been done with due diligence.

The Chief Minister also informed that two smog-towers are being installed in Delhi, out of which one will be installed by the Central Govt at Anand Vihar, and the second one by the Delhi govt at Connaught Place. Unlike Chinese technology, Delhi smog towers will draw polluted air from above, and release clean air from the bottom. The Delhi cabinet has sanctioned Rs. 20 crores for the installation of this first-of-its-kind smog tower, and installation work will be completed within the next 10 months. Once this pilot project is successful, many more smog towers will be installed across Delhi, informed Kejriwal.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai launches War Room to monitor pollution-reducing measures

08.10.2020, New Delhi: In a bid to control the rising levels of air pollution in the national capital due to stubble burning in neighboring states, Delhi Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai on Thursday launched a ‘war room’ to monitor efforts to contain pollution, fumes, and dust levels in hotspots. Shri Gopal Rai said that the War Room will be equipped with high-end technology to monitor real-time pollution data, hotspot conditions, and NASA-ISRO images of stubble burning. He also said that a 10-member expert team will operate from the war room under senior scientists Dr. Mohan George and Dr. B L Chawla. Shri Rai said that the Delhi government has set up the war room following CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal's launch of "Yuddh Pradushan Ke Virudh".

Shri Gopal Rai said, "To combat the air pollution in Delhi, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Monday launched "Yuddh Pradushan Ke Virudh" to reduce air pollution levels in Delhi. This fight will not be possible without the support of every agency, and therefore, we have set up and launched a centralized war room today in the Delhi secretariat. The war room is fully equipped with technology to monitor real-time pollution data. Three large LCD screens are present across the room. Real-time pollution data which includes air quality and data of PM 2.5 and PM 10, Sulfur Oxide, Nitrogen Oxide, Ozone, and wind speed will be displayed will be shared in one of the screens. Through another screen, we will monitor the situation of 13 hotspots. Through a third screen, we will monitor NASA and ISRO pictures on the stubble burning at the neighboring states."

He also said, "We will also monitor the complaints filed by the people through the Green Delhi app which the CM will launch in the coming days. We will monitor the complaints and implement strict actions. On the other hand, we will also monitor the road sweeping and water sprinkling work done by the MCD through GPS. Daily reports will be sent to the CM, me, and Environment Secretary."

Shri Rai said, "A 10-member expert team will operate from here. Two senior scientists of the Delhi Govt Dr. Mohan George, Dr. B L Chawla, Anil Gidhiyal (OSD to environment minister), Reena Gupta (Advisor DDC), Hitesh Saini (research fellow), Swati Sharma (research fellow), Nipun Matreja (NGO), Aashima Arora (NGO), Suraj Rai (engineer) and Aman Gupta (engineer)."

At the time of the launch, senior officials of the environment department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee were present. Shri Rai enquired about the situation of the air pollution of Delhi and also asked the officials to explain the prediction. Answering the queries of the minister, the senior officials explained that the air quality of Delhi right now is around 'poor'. The officials also explained that the air quality of Delhi will worsen and the PM 2.5 will increase with the increase in the stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana.

Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a mega anti-pollution campaign "Yuddh Pradushan Ke Virudh" to reduce air pollution levels in Delhi, which will be a breather for Delhiites in the upcoming winter season. Talking about the war room CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal had said, "A war room will be made which will track each of the activities taken and a daily report will be sent to me. We will monitor the effectiveness of these steps. A new tree transplant policy will also be announced. The government has already announced an electric vehicle policy that will also help in these measures."

Bio-decomposer process of stubble management reviewed by Delhi Chief Minister

06.10.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today visited the Kharkhari Nahar village to review the bio-decomposer process, under which the capsules produced by Pusa Agricultural Institute are mixed along with readily available inputs to create a fermented liquid solution to be sprayed on the farm fields to soften the stubble to curb stubble burning. The Chief Minister said that the entire cost of the process of creating the liquid solution for spraying it on 700 hectares of farm fields in Delhi is as low as Rs. 20 lakhs. Today onwards, the Delhi government has started the process of preparing this solution under the guidance of Pusa Research Institute, and will be starting the process of spraying it on the fields across Delhi from 11th October 2020. It is a cheaper alternative for the farmers and can also be adopted by neighboring states, addd Kejriwal.

Addressing the media, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "The harvesting of paddy leaves behind hard stubble on the farm fields. One of the main issues faced by farmers was to get rid of the stubble on the farm fields, owing to the less time between the harvesting and sowing season of the crops. The farmer then used to resort to stubble burning, due to which the healthy bacteria on the farm fields used to get damaged. The smoke came as a health hazard for the farmers and their families and people living in those villages, and used to cover the entire North Indian region."

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal was accompanied by Delhi Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai. "In Delhi, the stubble burning is significantly lesser than the neighborhood states. The stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and other states contribute nearly 45% of air pollution in Delhi. Keeping this in mind, the Delhi government and the Pusa Agricultural Institute has come up with this new idea of bio decomposers. We want to make Delhi a role model, so that the other states can make no excuses for avoiding stubble burning. States all over India can adopt the bio-decomposer technique of converting stubble into manure, so that the people of Delhi can get relief from the pollution due to stubble burning. Through this technique, the farmers will be able to get rid of stubble burning. In the last meeting with Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, we requested that every state government and the central government should adopt this new technique by which the stubble burning can be completely avoided. We have also approached all the state governments and after getting the results of this technique, we will again reach out to the state governments and urge them to adopt this policy. The work has started and nearly 1200 farmers who want to adopt this technique have registered, we will start the spraying of solution on their farm lands soon," said Shri Gopal Rai.

Delhi declares "Yuddh Pradushan Ke Virudh" Mega Anti-Pollution Campaign

05.10.2020, New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced a mega anti-pollution campaign "Yuddh Pradushan Ke Virudh" to reduce air pollution levels in Delhi, which will be a breather for Delhiites in the upcoming winter season. Various measures to combat pollution, such as the launching of the Green Delhi App, the creation of a war room to monitor steps, processing liquid solution for farm fields to prevent stubble burning, implementing hotspot-specific action plans to contain pollution, and subsidy on the adoption of EVs have also been announced under the campaign. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal also appealed to the states to take measures to tackle stubble burning in their states by providing alternatives to the farmers, and by addressing issues in thermal power plants and brick kiln plants that are major sources of pollution.

Addressing a digital press conference, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "The month of October has started, and we know that every year, the level of pollution rises in the months of October, November, and December in the national capital. One of the biggest reasons for this rise in pollution, is the burning of crop stubble in Delhi and the nearby areas, due to which the farmers and their families have to bear the maximum brunt of the pollution caused by stubble burning. The people living in those villages and the farmers have to bear pollution. Whereas other states are doing whatever they can, we must do whatever we can to reduce the effects of Delhi's own sources of pollution. In the last five years, the people of Delhi have done commendable work, and with sheer hard work and efforts, they did not let the pollution increase in the capital. Due to the increasing traffic, industrial activities, and economic activities, pollution is rising in many cities across the world. In Delhi, the pollution levels have actually decreased between 2014-2019, despite an increase in the economic and industrial activities in the city. The average PM2.5 in 2014 was 154, and PM2.5 in 2018-19 was 115. It is because of the efforts of all the people of Delhi, the pollution levels have come down by 25%. This year, the pollution may prove to be a health hazard for us due to Corona. In the last five years, we have taken many steps to ensure pollution-free Delhi. We have provided 24x7 electricity in Delhi, due to which we have eliminated the use of lakhs of generators sets in the city. The central government constructed the Eastern and Western peripheral highway which has drastically reduced the traffic in Delhi. The Delhi Government has banned some of the dirtiest fuels from use in industry, and we shifted all the industries to the use of PNG. We imposed heavy fines on construction sites violating dust control norms. We conducted plantation drives and followed the directions of the Supreme Court regarding the implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan. But right now, we do not have to be satisfied, and we have to reduce the pollution further for our families and our children, especially during COVID times, since our lungs are the worst affected during Corona and pollution can worsen the situation further. We are declaring a war against pollution from today by launching an anti-pollution campaign, "Yuddh - Pollution Ke Viruddh". We need the support of you all in this, just like we have got your support in the last five years. Apart from what I am announcing today, we will keep on adding new activities in the coming days."

Earlier today, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal also convened a meeting with various departments, who have all joined hands in this war against pollution announced by the CM, including the three MCDs, PWD, Delhi government, DPCC, Pollution Control Board, transport department, etc.

Unveiling the components of the anti-pollution campaign this year, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "First and foremost, we suffer from the problem of pollution due to crop stubble burning every year. Every state government and the central government is trying its best to devise a solution for this. This year, the Pusa Agricultural Research Institute has devised a very cheap and simple solution. They have formulated a fermented liquid solution which is to be sprayed on the fields to soften the stubble and prevent its burning. This year, the Delhi government will spray the solution on the basmati rice farm fields itself. If this technique is successful in Delhi, we can tell the other states to implement the same to prevent stubble burning. The Delhi government is preparing the mixture in Delhi on a large scale, and the process will start tomorrow under the guidance of the Pusa Research Institute."

"We are also launching an intensive anti-dust drive from today, under which various action plans will be implemented. Our inspection teams will visit the construction sites across Delhi and impose heavy fines or challans if they are found not following the anti-pollution measures in construction sites. Mechanical sweepers will be intensively used by MCDs across Delhi to ensure no pollution due to road dust. I have also instructed agencies to repair the potholes which are also one of the main sources of pollution. Anti-smog guns have also been installed across Delhi to reduce the impact of pollution," added the CM.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that there are 13 points in Delhi where the impact of pollution is the maximum, those areas and the colonies in those areas have been identified. The government has done detailed planning, for each of the hotspots to measure the reasons for increased pollution in a particular hotspot. Measures to contain the pollution will then be implemented.

"We will also be launching the Green Delhi App this month. If you witness a source of pollution, including vehicular and industrial emissions, click a photo of it and post it on the app. We have specified a deadline for each type of complaint. I will personally monitor the grievance redressal. We are also creating a war room against pollution for monitoring of various measures that are implemented and have to be implemented in the coming days. I will get the daily report of the frequency, impact and success of these activities. We are also drafting the tree transplantation policy. For instance, if an agency cuts the tree for construction purposes, they have to ensure scientific transplantation of a minimum of 80% of affected trees, over and above compensatory afforestation of planting of 10 saplings," added the CM.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy has been hailed as one of the most progressive policies in the world. It will soon be implemented and people will start getting subsidies on the adoption of EVs.

"I want to appeal to the neighboring states, the measures would not have any impact till the time we come together to act against pollution. I have spoken to many farmers in Punjab, they are very troubled due to pollution. But they do not have a choice and need support from the governments. I want to appeal to the neighboring states that just like the Delhi government has devised an alternative, every state government should do the same and help the farmers to deal with the stubble opportunistically and not a problem. The stubble can be a source of income for the problems. Further, there are 11 thermal plants currently in a radius of 300 km from Delhi, that generate electricity from coal. They cause maximum pollution in Delhi, whereas Delhi has shut down its own two plants. Delhi has no thermal power plant. The Supreme Court had directed these plants to address the problem of pollution by December 2019, which hasn't been implemented as of now. There are also thousands of brick kiln plants near Delhi that cause pollution. My request is that the problem of pollution in these plants should be addressed as soon as possible," added CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal.

Punjab Woman Sarpanch leads the movement of ‘Water for All’

05.10.2020, New Delhi: Ms. Kulwinder Kaur Brar, a village sarpanch from Memha Bhagwana village in Bathinda district of Punjab, has impressed many with he contemporary work style for greater good.

Since childhood, Kulwinder has seen village women suffering due to paucity of potable water in the village. Kulwinder was resolute to change their plight, and soon after becoming Sarpanch of the village, she started working towards the cause but with a smarter approach. Her idea and intent were superb, but to kickstart them, huge funds were required. With the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, things were much more streamlined and soon the piped water scheme for providing water in every rural household was sanctioned for Mehma village.

To take the mission further, the Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC) members went house-to-house explaining how piped water supply will not only save time and energy but will also provide clean drinking water of prescribed quality. The details of the scheme were informed where in 10% capital expenditure required to be contributed for in-village infrastructure. Families were encouraged to contribute and get a tap connection so that they get more time during the day for productive works. Most people agreed to pay the money towards the installation of the water connection as availability of water was a serious concern. But there were few households in the village who could not afford the contribution. Gram Panchayat took the decision to waive off their charges. The expenditure towards their household tap connections were taken up by the Panchayat. Today, for any new water tap connection the VWSC charges Rs. 500/ from the general household and Rs. 250/ from that belonging to scheduled castes.

The next milestone was to regularly take up water issue in Panchayat meetings. Patriarchy was the main hurdle in implementing this idea. Although Kulwinder lead the Gram Panchayat as a Sarpanch but there were very few women who actually attended the Gram Sabha. It was a tough task to mobilize the women. Today, nearly 80% women attend the Gram Sabha and share their concerns. Seeing a woman at the helm of affairs instills confidence in women who are more participative and are willing to take leadership roles.

Jal Jeevan Mission’s IEC Campaign was a great help in steering the community. Role of women and their importance in water management was part of the campaign. In order to carry out regular awareness, an all women Village Water & Sanitation Committee was formed in the village since the women in the village believe that it’s the women who run the house, hence, they can manage water better.

Thanks to Jal Jeevan Mission! A silent revolution is happening in villages. The piped water connection has completely changed the lives of women. They are saved from the drudgery of fetching water. With a tap at home, women have more spare time in their lives. Another visible change is that the dropout rate has reduced since piped water connection has reached the village. A number of adolescents have re-enrolled in the schools.

A five-member committee has been formed in the Panchayat which periodically tests the water source and household tap connection to assess the purity and standard of water supplied in the village. While skilled masons, electricians and plumbers are available in the village for various works related to drinking water supply, now women are also being trained to carry out minor repair worksand maintain the existing infrastructure.

Today Mehma Bhagwana village is a perfect example of community participation and mobilization to own the JJM scheme where the village has 100 percent functional household water connection and running it successfully for a population of 1,484 people, which can be emulated by other villages.

But for Kulwinder Kaur, the journey has just begun, as she now plans to work towards grey water management & installation of solar lights in the village. Under her leadership, she has other plans to see women from her village be economically independent.She is in the process of mobilizing them under the umbrella of SHGs. She says, ‘’I will ensure that these women from the village should take up some gainful economic activity to be financially independent and contribute to the family kitty.’’

The flagship programme, Jal Jeevan Mission is under implementation in partnership with States with the aim to provide drinking water to every rural household of the country by 2024. In the past one year, more than 2.30 Crore households have already been provided tap water connections across the country. As of now, 5.50 Crore households now get assured safe tap water in their homes, i.e. almost 30% of total rural households. In a recent letter dated 29 September, 2020, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has appealed to people and Gram Panchayats to make Jal Jeevan Mission a people’s movement.

Delhi CM among five urban leaders to speak at the prestigious Daring Cities 2020 conference

04.10.2010, New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been invited among five urban leaders from around the world to speak at a prestigious forum, Daring Cities 2020, on 7th October 2020. The conference is being hosted by ICLEI and the City of Bonn, Germany, with the support of the German government. Daring Cities is a global forum on climate change for urban leaders tackling the climate emergency, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Kejriwal has been invited alongside urban leaders and decision-makers from Bogota (Colombia), Sao Paolo (Brazil), Los Angles (USA) and Entebbe (Uganda) to discuss multilevel action to tackle the climate emergency and environmental sustainability. The event recognizes these five as daring urban leaders who are going beyond the limits imposed by their respective local contexts to take bold climate action.

It is expected that Kejriwal is going to speak on how Delhi has responded to the existing climate emergency, air pollution crisis including recent innovative solutions such as the Pusa decomposer and the first-of-its-kind EV policy in India to tackle air pollution in the national capital.

This session will be held on 7th October 2020 at 7.30 pm through a virtual forum. The distinguished urban and subnational leaders from Latin America, Africa, North America, and Asia will also present their thoughts on the most essential changes that should be achieved in their respective city/region in the next 5 years so that their plans to tackle climate emergencies are accelerated.

Speaking in the plenary session, CM Arvind Kejriwal will be addressing an international and multidisciplinary audience of over one thousand mayors and city councilors, urban thought leaders, national government representatives, researchers, business leaders and community organizers from all around the world. The plenary session will also include keynote addresses by Mr António Guterres, UN Secretary General, and H.E. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany.

With cheaper solution in hand, Delhi government offers farmers free of cost stubble management without burning

30.09.2020, New Delhi: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on 30th September 2020 announced that the Delhi government is starting the process of preparing a fermented liquid solution to be sprayed on 800 hectares of land in the city, where stubble burning is practiced by the farmers. He said all the arrangements for spraying the solution on the farm fields will be made by the Delhi government and will be provided free of cost to the farmers. The Chief Minister said the process will be executed under the guidance of the Pusa Research Institute and the cost of the implementation of the entire project is less than Rs 20 lakh. A few days back, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal had written to the Centre over the issue of stubble burning, which poses a health hazard for people in parts of North India, particularly Delhi.

Addressing a digital press briefing, Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "The month of October is starting tomorrow, and we know that this time around, entire North India is troubled with the smoke that covers the belt due to the crop stubble burning every year. Whereas Delhi and other cities have to suffer from the smoke, the farmers who are forced to burn the stubble and their villages are the ones who have to suffer the most. This is the time of Corona, and this smoke is a hazard for everybody living in villages and cities. Every responsible government must devise alternate systems for their farmers so that the farmers are not forced to burn the crop stubble."

While explaining about the process, Delhi Chief Minister said that Pusa Research Institute is one of the acclaimed institutes in the field of agricultural research in India. The institute has presented a very low cost alternate to avert the problem of stubble burning, which is primarily responsible for air pollution in Delhi and northern states.

Delhi Chief Minister also expressed that he is quite hopeful about adoption similar solutions to mitigate the air pollution.

Delhi Govt. working towards 24x7 water supply

27.09.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that after ensuring 24x7 electricity supply, his government is now making efforts to provide 24x7 water supply to every household in Delhi. This may bring an end to installation of individual water pumps to lift water to overhead tanks.

Addressing a digital press conference, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "We promised you that just like the AAP government has ensured 24x7 electricity in the last five years, we will also ensure 24x7 clean water in every household in Delhi in the next five years. I am glad to share that we have started this process. In a meeting that was held the day before yesterday, we have decided to appoint a consultant in Delhi who will suggest measures to ensure the provision of 24x7 water to every household in Delhi. The process got a bit delayed due to Corona, otherwise, the process would have been completed in March or April."

The Chief Minister said, "Every day, around 930 million gallons of water is processed in Delhi. This means that for every citizen of Delhi, around 176 litres of water are processed. This includes water that is used for all purposes, such as industrial, swimming pools, water for farm fields, etc. "

Kejriwal also informed that a considerable amount of water gets wasted in Delhi, as there is no accountability, which needs to be rectified with the help of professionals and state of the art technology, like the SCADA system available with Delhi Jal Board.

The Chief Minister also clarified that there will be no privatization of water supply in Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister visits IARI to take a call on bio-decomposer as a remedial solution to control Delhi Air Pollution

24.09.2020, New Delhi: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal visited the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) today, to see the process of the bio-decomposer technique of converting crop stubble into compost, which is deemed as a cost-effective way to deal with the issue of air pollution caused due to crop stubble burning. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that this technique involves the spraying of Pusa decomposer capsules along with a liquid formulation using readily available elements, that will help decompose the stubble into compost, decrease the use of fertilizers and increase the productivity of the farm soil. He also said that he will meet the Union Environment Minister in a day or two to discuss the efficient and effective implementation of this simple, doable, and practical technique to stop stubble burning.

Briefing the media after his visit, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Delhi and many other North Indian states are covered with smoke due to stubble burning in the neighboring states by the farmers. We visited the Pusa Agricultural Institute today and spoke to its director. They have developed a new and innovative technique, under which they give four capsules, with the help of which the farmers can prepare a 25-liter of a liquid mixture with jaggery and chickpea flour, which is sufficient to cover 1 hectare of land. When the farmer sprays the 25 liters of the liquid mix on the stubble, the stubble softens and melts down in 20 days. The farmer can then begin his sowing again and he does not need to burn the crop stubble. The soil loses its richness due to stubble burning, and it also destroys the useful bacteria and fungi in the soil, apart from causing harm to the environment. This improves the fertility and productivity of the soil as the stubble works as manure and compost for the crops and lesser fertilizer consumption will be required in the future. The cost of the capsule is very less, we will be getting a proposal mentioning all the important details such as cost per acre soon. This is the result of many years of hard work and efforts of the scientists, and they have got the validation after a year after all their pilot testing and projection. They have also given their technique a license for commercial exploitation. I will meet the Union Environment Minister in a day or two to discuss this and I will request him to speak to the neighboring states to take all measures to effectively implement it despite the crunch of time. We will surely implement this technique in a very efficient and effective manner in Delhi."

On a question of why there is no action on stubble burning throughout the year, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "I agree that no major efforts have been made the whole year on stubble burning. I do not want to blame anyone but the central government is also trying its best. The union has held meetings, initiated new schemes and implemented custom hiring sectors, and given subsidies on new machinery. The scientists gave a presentation to me yesterday, and this is a very simple, doable, and practical approach. If we look at the net cost-benefit analysis, a farmer will get twice the profit of what he will spend. This is a new invention and Pusa Institute is one of the most reputed institutes in the country. We must implement this as soon as possible."

Taking to social media, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Farmers are also worried about the pollution that is caused due to stubble burning every year. A technique has been developed by the scientists of IARI - Bio Decomposer. I visited to observe the technique today. Scientists believe that because of this, farmers will not have to burn stubble, the stubble will turn into manure and the farmers' yield will also increase."

The technology, called Pusa Decomposer, involves making a liquid formulation using Pusa decomposer capsules and readily available inputs, fermenting it over 8-10 days, and then spraying the mixture on fields with crop stubble to ensure speedy bio-decomposition of the stubble.

Delhi government keen to develop a sustainable & effective solution to stubble burning issue that causes major air pollution in Delhi, especially during winters: Gopal Rai

16.09.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai on Wednesday visited the Pusa Agricultural Institute and said that the Delhi government is committed to develop a sustainable and effective solution to the issue of stubble burning which causes major pollution in Delhi, especially during the winter season. He said the process of decomposing stubble and using it in the farming fields will be a great initiative and will also save the people of Delhi from the health hazards caused by stubble burning in the neighboring states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana. He also said that the Delhi government will speak to the Centre and states to implement this initiative and the cost of spraying of this compost in Delhi will be borne by the Delhi government, which will ease the burden on the farmers.

Briefing the media following his visit, Shri Gopal Rai said, "The pollution in Delhi takes a very dangerous form during the winter season. Last year, the stubble burning comprised 44% of Delhi's pollution apart from Delhi's own share of pollutants. In Punjab, around 20 million tonnes of stubble is produced, and last year around 9 million tonnes of stubble was burned in Punjab. In Haryana, around 7 million tonnes of stubble is produced, out of which 1.23 million tonnes of stubble was burned last year, due to which people of Delhi had to suffer from major pollution last year."

Shri Gopal Rai said that the central government has devised a scheme in which aid is provided to the farmers for stubble. The farmers have to pay half of the money and the rest of the half will be paid by the government for a machine that is required for the process. He said, "I met the director of Pusa Agricultural Institute, who said that they have developed a recomposing technology which can turn stubble into manure, which can be used in the fields itself. Today, I am here to see the demonstration of the process. We have also invited some farmers to witness the process. The cost of the spraying of the manure in the fields will be borne by the Delhi government so that there is no financial burden on the farmers and an effective solution to the problem of stubble burning can be developed. We will also get in touch with the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab based on the results of the process so that this model can be implemented in those states as well to ease the financial burden on the farmers, and the issue of polluted air in Delhi and those states can be resolved. We will speak to the governments of other states and will help the farmers of Delhi with the issue of stubble burning."

"I believe that the same amount of money that is spent on the purchase of machines and the subsidy provided for that can be used for the decomposing of the stubble in those states. This will be a very successful initiative by the governments. We will speak to both the central government as well as the states. The Environment Ministry of the Central Government has a very important role to play in this initiative. We will create a proper strategy after discussion with the Hon'ble CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal," he added.

Gurugram sets up flying squad teams to prevent burning of crop residue

07.09.2020, Gurugram: Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri said that Gurujal, water conservation and rainwater harvesting project has also offered employment workers under the MNREGA scheme, besides cleaning of water tanks of the Public Health Department in addition to other areas.

In compliance with the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri has set up flying squad teams for prevention and monitoring of burning of crop residue. These teams have been formed at the rural, division, subdivision and district levels, which will submit their reports daily from 15th September to the Deputy Commissioner Office.

Tree Plantation programme by HARCOFED

03.09.2020, Gurugram: Haryana State Cooperative Development Federation Limited (HARCOFED) Panchkula carried out plantation under the 'Loyalty to Community' program in the premises of Milk Freezing Center (Vita) Bilaspur, Gurugram.

Saplings of peepal, neem, jamun, belpatra, mulberry, lemon, gooseberry trees were planted under the plantation program. On this occasion, Assistant Cooperative Education Officer HARCOFED Rohtak called for more and more plantation. He said that increasing pollution levels in the environment is a matter of concern for all of us. In order to reduce the level of pollution, it is essential that all of us take responsibility towards the society and plant more and more trees so that the future generations can get a clean environment. Citing the reference of 7th guiding principle of cooperative, loyalty to the community, he emphasized that HARCOFED motivates the officers, staff and members associated with the cooperative to conserve the environment. On this eve, an oath to plant saplings was also administered to all the officers and employees including the cooperative fraternity.

Haryana to have 10,000 MW De-centralized groundmounted grids under KUSUM Scheme, to be connected to solar plants

26.08.2020, Gurugram: Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) Chairman Deepender Singh Dhesi today said that under KUSUM scheme, 10,000 MW de-centralized ground mounted grids are being set up in Haryana, which will be connected to various solar plants. He said that there is a plan to replace thermal with solar by 2025. Except for India and China at the international level, thermal is being eradicated in the rest of the world. He said that the headquarters of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) is located in village Gwal Pahari in Gurugram, which was formed by 121 countries together. The ISA, formed as an international organization, aims to reduce the dependence of energy on fossil fuels by optimally exploiting solar energy in the countries.

The Chaurnman, HERC was reviewing progress under the Kisan Energy Security and Upliftment Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme at PWD Rest House Rewari today. During the review, he directed the officials to complete the survey of cases pending under the Kusum scheme as soon as possible, so that the farmers can get benefit of the scheme. He said that a target of 1275 solar pumps has been fixed for Rewari district and to meet this goal, the survey work need to be expedited. He said that Kusum scheme would be instrumental in bringing prosperity in the lives of farmers. This scheme is being implemented with the objective of saving electricity in agricultural operations besides reducing the electricity expenditure of farmers and for promoting solar energy. Mr Dhesi said that this scheme is especially for the farmers, which is also being seen as a significant step towards increasing their income.

D S Dhesi enquired in detail about the progress under ‘Mhara Gaon- Jagmag Gaon’ scheme. He also reviewed the progress of feeders supplying electricity to rural households (RDS) and the sub stations. He sought information about the electricity supplied to RDS, method of generating electricity bills, methods used for taking meter reading etc. It was informed in the meeting that the solar pumping systems were being provided to farmers at a subsidy of 75 percent and he need to pay only 25 percent of the total cost. Scheme is being implemented to subsidize 50 thousand farmers of the state by subsidizing solar pumping systems of 3 HP to 10 HP capacity. The eligible farmers who have either installed micro irrigation systems and laid underground pipes or have agreed to do so, can install solar pumps for irrigation.

On this occasion, Deputy Commissioner Rewari Yashendra Singh informed that 182 solar water pumping systems were installed in Rewari district in the year 2018-19. A target has been set up to install 1275 solar water pumping systems in the year 2021 and so far this year 48 solar water pumping systems have been installed in the district. The remaining task of survey will be completed soon. In the meeting, CGRF chairman Sanjeev Chopra apprised that so far 54 complaints have been received in Rewari district, of which all but one have been redressed. He said that most of the complaints were about electricity bills.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Yashendra Singh, SDM Ravindra Yadav, Chairman of Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum (CGRF) Sanjeev Chopra, Superintendent Engineer Pradeep Chauhan, Executive Engineer Neeraj Dalal, Satbir Yadav, Vijaypal, DHO Satbir Sharma, New and Renewable Energy Department Project Officer Banwari Lal, Assistant Project Officer Ravindra were also present.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot discussed charging infrastructure issues with Minister of State (I/C) for Power, and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh

20.08.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot met with Minister of State (I/C) , Power, and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh, today via Video Conferencing to discuss installation of Charging infrastructure in Delhi NCR as part of the recently launched Electric Vehicle policy. The meeting was attended by officials from DHI, MoPNG, CEA, BEE, NTPC, EESL, Transport department officials, and various DISCOMS. Various provisions for effective implementation and any bottlenecks that may arise due to limited availability of charging infrastructure within Delhi were discussed in the meeting.

The Delhi EV Policy, which was launched on 7th August, 2020 by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, aims at having 5 lakh (25% of all new vehicle registrations) electric vehicles in Delhi by 2024. Along with providing category based incentives, it also aims to develop an effective network of charging stations and infrastructure throughout the city.

The strategy that will be adopted to cater to the sudden jump in sales of Electric vehicles due to subsidies that the policy offers, is something that has been widely discussed by the public and experts in the field. The first leg of the policy targets installation of 200 charging stations within the city within the next year, such that there is a charging station every 3 km. There are also provisions to encourage more private players to venture into being partners in the initiative through setting up private charging stations/ battery charging points, but ensure that there is enough competition so that the technology is affordable to the common man.

After the meeting, Mr. Gahlot was quoted saying “We had a very fruitful discussion today. The Delhi EV Policy is being discussed worldwide now, it is the result of more than 2 years of hard work by our Government in consultation with experts in the field. I express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Mr. R.K.Singh for expressing his appreciation and extending his support to the Delhi Government for moving forward with the policy. Mr. Singh has also assured to consider subsidies to 1000 Electric buses in the city. The Centre’s support will act as a huge catalyst to the policy, and motivate more people and organizations to switch to EV.”

Biodiversity Park sprawling over 100 acres of land to be developed in Aravalli in Kasan village, Gurugram

17.08.2020, Gurugram: A Bio Diversity Park will be developed in the Aravalli mountain range on about 100 acres of panchayati land in the district village of Kasan. For this, the gram panchayat has passed a resolution in the gram sabha. The Forest, Education and Tourism Minister Kanwar Pal visited the project and also visited the proposed park area. He also planted saplings in the proposed park area along with officials and sarpanches of Kasan and surrounding villages.

To develop a Biodiversity Park in village Kasan, Forest Minister Kanwarpal also visited the already developed Biodiversity Park in the municipal area near village Nathupur coming from Faridabad to Gurugram. Not only this, he also visited the Mangar Bani reserved forest area.

After planting saplings in the proposed Biodiversity Park area in village Kasan, in a program organized by the forest department in the temple complex located nearby, the forest minister churned with the sarpanches of selected villages to increase greenery and invited suggestions from sarpanches. He appreciated the initiative taken by the village Kasan and said that now it is to see which more villages in the district come forward to develop gardens on their panchayati land. He also said that the Haryana government has approved development of gardens on panchayati land. This will not only increase the greenery in the area and improve the environment, the ground water level will also rise but the income of the panchayat will also increase. Then the Gram Panchayat will not have to look towards the government to get the development work done in the village. He informed that gardens are being planted on about 1000 acres of land in districts of North Haryana like Karnal, Yamunanagar, Panchkula etc.

He said that during the last few times, people have assumed that the work of planting saplings is only with the forest department, on the contrary, the work was for the whole society. The Forest Minister said that all of us should take responsibility for planting saplings, growing them and taking care of them, the Forest Department will cooperate. The department can develop nurseries to provide plants, give information about plant care but it is the responsibility of all of us to plant and grow it. Mr. Kanwar Pal said that you should be friends with the tree, you will benefit. He also said that the makeup of the earth is from trees. If someone has called Kashmir a heaven, he has also said that by looking at the trees and the greenery there.

Talking to media representatives after the event, Forest Minister Kanwarpal said that Haryana has a 3 percent reserve forest, which has been targeted to be increased to 20%. For this, 125 million saplings will be planted in the state this year, which will be tried very hard to keep them alive. 1100 villages of the state have been selected for this plantation.

According to Gurugram Divisional Forest Officer Jayakumar, herbal plants containing herbs along with other plants will also be planted in the proposed Biodiversity Park in village Kasan. The reservoir in the park area will be constructed by Guru Jal's team.

Earlier, while giving his views in the program, Pataudi MLA Satyaprakash Jaravata said that when he was elected MLA, he had come to him with a project to build a village biodiversity park of village Kasan and he also made a written request to the forest minister about it The Minister has done excellent work for generations to come by giving approval.

Colonel Anil Yadav, who came from NSG Manesar at the program, told that the NSG has taken the initiative to plant around two lakh trees in the village of Naurangpur and surrounding area. He also assured full cooperation of NSG in plantation work. Welcoming the Forest Minister, Chief Conservator of Forests Vasavi Tyagi, who was present at the program, said that in the last few days, the NSG has promoted greenery by planting 53000 saplings inside and outside its campus. He also asked all the sarpanches to cooperate in plantation and try to make the environment of this region friendly to all animals. He also said that people have understood the importance of herbs in the time of Corona epidemic, so plant herbal plants and protect their lives.

On arriving at the program, the sarpanches of the villages Kasan, Alire, Dhana and Bas Kusala collectively wore a turban to honor the Forest Minister. Forest and Education Minister Kanwarpal also awarded the Certificate of Merit to the talented girl students of village Kasan.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. Amarinder Kaur, Chief Conservator of Forests Vasavi Tyagi, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Mahendra Singh Malik, Divisional Forest Officer Jai Kumar Narwal, SDM Jitendra Kumar of Gurugram, District Education Officer Indu Bokan, MLA of Pataudi Satyaprakash Jaravata, NSG commando Colonel Anil Yadav, Sarpanch Satyan Dev Sharma of Kasan village and many other dignitaries were present.

DJB Vice Chairman Raghav Chadha pushes construction of 12.4 ML UGR/BPS at Mayapuri

11.08.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Raghav Chadha visited the project site on 11th August 2020 early morning to take stock of the construction of Underground Reservoir (UGR) and Booster Pumping Stations (BPS) in Mayapuri, West Delhi which was expected to complete in 18 months, but is delayed by over 14 months and counting. The Under Ground Reservoir at Mayapuri was inaugurated in 2018 to keep pace with the growing water demands of the area and ensure proper equitable and supply to all.

Chadha expressed disappointment over the non-completion of the project. Reprimanding the contractor for delaying the project by over 14 months, he said, such unprofessional conduct and laxity will not be tolerated.

To rationalize the water distribution system of Delhi a study was conducted, according to this study a proposal for constructing this UGR was formulated. Proposed UGR of 12.4 ML capacity UGR/BPS was proposed to be constructed at Mayapuri. This UGR will be fed by South Delhi Main of 1500 mm dia emanating from Haiderpur Water Treatment Plant upto Janakpuri District Centre. Also another 700mm dia water line will be laid from the water main that goes up to Kirti Nagar UGR to feed this UGR.

On commissioning of this Mayapuri UGR/BPS a population of 1.50 lakh will be benefited with equitable water distribution with increased pressure. At present these areas are getting water from Subhash Nagar UGR, online booster Tilaknagar and from Naraina Main.

Delhi Govt. launched EV Policy to reduce pollution & boost economy, jobs

08.08.2020, New Delhi: The Delhi government on 8th August 2020 launched the ambitious Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy that aims to boost Delhi's economy, while reducing pollution levels in the city, and generate employment in the transportation sector. While announcing the launch of the policy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that this EV Policy will make Delhi a world leader in the field of EVs and this is one of the most progressive EV policies in the world.

Addressing a digital conference on 8th August 2020, Kejriwal said, "After working hard in the last 2-3 years and holding discussions with consumers and experts, we have prepared the electric vehicle policy in Delhi. The policy has been notified in this morning. China is being considered in the first position when discussions on electric vehicles are held across the world. It is believed that China has a really good system in place when it comes to electric vehicles. I am sure that when discussions on electric vehicles will be held across the world after five years, Delhi will be leading the way in this field. I am happy to say that this policy is not only the most progressive of its kind in the country but, it is also considered as one of the most progressive policies of all the electric policies across the world."

It is envisaged that EV policy would help to reduce pollution. In his address, the Chief Minister emphasized on a Delhi with clean air, where we can breathe clean and there is no pollution, which is sustainable. The EV policy is for 3 years, after which it will be reviewed, and reframed as per requirement. With this policy Delhi Government aims at electric vehicles contributing 25% of the newly registered vehicles across Delhi by the year 2024, which is currently 0.2%.

Under the EV Policy, the Delhi government is providing a subsidy up to Rs 30,000 on the purchase of two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws, e-rickshaws, freight vehicles each, and Rs 1.5 lakh incentives on cars. There is a scheme named as FAME India Phase 2 scheme of the Central government, where major incentives and subsidies are available. The incentives announced by the Delhi government are in addition to the incentives by the Central government, which also includes scrapping incentives.

To purchase an electric commercial vehicle, the government will also offer loans to the people on low-interest rates. The registration fees and he road tax on the newly-registered vehicles will be waived off. There are two types of electric vehicles, one which runs on fixed charging and the second in which there is a need for battery swapping. The incentives will be available on all kinds of electric vehicles.

A huge network of 200 charging stations, which the Chief Minister says at every 3 km, in the next one year shall be created in Delhi to support the growth of EVs. Besides, a State EV fund is also to be set-up that would encompass all the expenditure of the EV Policy. A State Electric Vehicle Board shall be constituted for effective implementation of the EV policy, and the chairman of the board will be the Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gehlot. A dedicated EV Cell will also be constituted.

CM Arvind Kejriwal expressed hope that at least 5 lakh electric vehicles in Delhi will be registered in the next five years, and EV Model of Delhi will also be widely recognized and discussed.

Delhi Govt.'s 17-day mega plantation drive ends with plantation of 8.5 lakh saplings

27.07.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Govt. Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday, 26th July 2020 concluded the 17-day 'Vrikshaaropan Pakhwada' campaign under the 'Plant Saplings, Save Environment' plantation drive of the Delhi government. He said that under the campaign, the Delhi government has been able to complete the plantation of 8.5 lakh saplings at various locations in Delhi. He also thanked the officials of horticulture and forest departments for participating and making the drive a success even in the time of Corona.

The Minister said, "We started this drive by planting a banyan tree at the same place on 10th July. Following that, we planted trees at various locations in Delhi. The plantation drive was carried out under the leadership of CM, Cabinet Ministers and various constituency MLAs. Today marks the end of the plantation drive of the Delhi government. The plantation drive is being carried out today in all the 70 constituencies under the leadership of MLAs."

"I am happy to tell you that even in the time of the Corona pandemic, the officials of the horticulture and forest department, DDA, MCD, PWD, and various other agencies, have worked with such conviction to save the environment. In the last 15 days, 8.5 lakh saplings have been planted in Delhi, out of which 6 lakh saplings were planted by the departments themselves, and 2.5 lakh saplings were planted by the people. The drive witnessed a huge participation from the people," added Gopal Rai.

Shri Gopal Rai said, "I planted a banyan sapling on 10th July here itself. I want to congratulate the departments that the plantation drive has completed over 7.5 hectares of land. I am happy that this drive was not only about planting, but the department also took care of things such as which variety of plants should be planted in which soil, for better preservation of the trees and fertility of the land. Our target is to plant 31 lakh saplings this year, out of which 8.5 lakh have been planted during this drive. We have kept a target of 31 lakh saplings till 31st March 2021. If we have fulfilled the target of 8.5 lakh saplings in the time of Corona, I am sure that we will be able to achieve our target of 31 lakh saplings by March 31, 2020 in the coming days. Delhi has also witnessed a lowering graph in the impact of Corona, and with the help of the people of Delhi and the proactive efforts of the government. I am sure that we will be able to plant 31 lakh saplings by March 31, 2021 as an effort to fight against pollution in the city."

Third-party audit to assess the survival rate of the saplings and outcome of the plantation drive shall take place in due course. "The saplings that are planted this time will be audited via a third party agency. The preservation of the saplings has been a challenge, which is why the Delhi govt has decided that a third party audit of the saplings planted under the plantation drive of the govt will be conducted to assess the survival rate of the saplings," he added.

The best staff of each district will be honored with the title of 'Pariyavaran Mitra' at the end of the drive. Shri Gopal Rai said, "On the occasion of the conclusion of this plantation drive, I want to thank the officials of the horticulture and forest department from the bottom of my heart, for working with such conviction even in the time of the Corona pandemic to save the lives of the people of Delhi."

"During our audit and analysis to be conducted at the final stage of this plantation drive, the best employees of each district will be honored with the title of 'Pariyavaran Mitra' on behalf of the Environment Ministry, Delhi. This is the end of the 17-day 'Vrikshaaropan Pakhwada' but the drive will continue till March 31 next year," he added.

Delhi Pollution Control Committee submits Public Hearing Report on Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF)

22.07.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Pollution Control Committee has submitted the proceedings of Public Hearing for Environmental Clearance for Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF) at Bawana. The Public Hearing was held on 14th July 2020 with precautions and social distancing measures required due to COVID-19. The proceedings were submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change through a letter dated 20th July 2020.

With an estimated stockpile of 59700 MT of hazardous wastes from CETPs and industries, Delhi has planned to operate TSDF covering an area of 14 acres of land, adjacent to waste to energy plant, and Pragati Power Plant at Bawana. The facility will be operated by M/s TamilNadu Waste Management Ltd. on BOT basis. The EIA Consultant, M/s Ramky Enviro Services Pvt. Ltd. made the presentation and elaborated technical aspects of the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the project, the waste collection, transportation, and scientific treatment of the hazardous wastes. It was also informed that NABL accredited testing laboratory shall be set up in the TSDF, which has a very important role. In the presentation it was stated that the project would be based on combination of technologies and systems having processes like autoclaving, shredding, bailing, recycling, reuse etc., which would minimize rejects reaching to landfill and incinerator for disposal. The facility shall be provided with online stack emission monitoring devices. However, it was not clearly stated about the polluting parameters to be measured.

As mentioned in the DPCC report, according to the EIA consultant one of the several benefits of the proposed TSDF is it minimizes pollution load on environment with an additional benefit of green and clean surroundings. The statement was not supported with any factual data or data of assumption. TSDF will reduce environmental liability due to captive storage of hazardous waste in the industry and CETP premises. But whether it could attract industrial investment in Delhi is a point to ponder upon.

To a question about how many incinerators will be installed and their capacity, the Consultant replied hazardous waste incinerator capacity scalable up to 1.5 Ton per hour and biomedical waste incinerator proposed with capacity scalable up to 1.5 Ton per hour. In another question it was stated that plastic will be decontaminated, shredded and made into granules and then sent to the authorized recyclers or used for fuel recovery. Replying to another question on how much damage will be caused to the environment by this plant, it was said that the plant is the waste management facility and it will treat the wastes with all air pollution control devices. There was no statement with reference to air pollution modeling done or to be done.

The questions raised by public included proposed CSR activities, as there will be many trees to be cut, which was not denied. Considering this the EIA Consultant’s claim of green and clean surroundings doesn’t really holds good without in-depth analysis.

There were several objections, which have been replied and incorporated in the Public Hearing report.

The facility is proposed to offer secured landfill for 65000 MT in the first year, and 20000 MTA from second year onwards till 25 years of operation. It could manage e-waste in the form of domestic hazardous waste of 2000 MT per year, besides 40 ton per day of biomedical waste, recovery from 1000 – 10000 KL/ year of used oil, recycling of spent oil up to 1000 KL per year, paper, and plastic up to 1000 ton per year.