New Delhi: The Chief Minister of Delhi – Arvind Kejriwal launched “Red Light On, Gaadi Off” campaign to decrease pollution level on Delhi. He appealed to the people of Delhi switch off the engines of their vehicles while waiting at traffic signals.
Kejriwal said that around one crore vehicles are registered in Delhi of which about 30 to 40 lakh vehicles come on the road every day and keep idling at traffic signals, it increases air pollution levels in the city.
Kejriwal said, “We all should take an oath today. If you switch the engine off on red lights, you will save more fuel and it will also help reduce pollution.”
The way pollution level increasing Delhi, Kejriwal mentioned that if 10 lakh vehicles turn off ignition at traffic signals then 1.5 tonnes of PM10 pollutant and 0.4 tonnes of PM2.5 will be reduced in a year.
Air quality index of Delhi recorded at 320 at noon and it is coming under ‘very poor’ category.
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), which come under the aegis of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, categorizes air quality in the 0-50 range as good, 51-100 as satisfactory, 101-200 as moderate, 201-300 as poor, 301-400 as very poor and above 400 as severe.