Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday has appealed to the residents of the capital to reduce the number of vehicle trips to help bring down vehicular pollution. The minister held a meeting with resident welfare associations, NGOs and eco clubs on pollution control measures being taken by the Delhi government. Senior officials from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Environment Department attended it.
Stressing on the need to encourage sustainable practices and a conscious lifestyle, Rai commented that people should be encouraged to use methods such as carpooling to decrease pollution at an individual level. He said that the ‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign by the Delhi government has gained popularity with people suggesting that it continues.
Ending the meeting, he parted ways with a solution to work together, “The government is trying to work with a two-line action. The first is to stop the pollution that we produce. Stop the pollution at the source. The second is how to control which has already been produced? Now, the pollution being done by people of Delhi by their own hands, to control that, we need collective action. Until they are not aware, we cannot ensure collective action. So that’s why today we have made a beginning in that direction. Today, we have spoken with stakeholders and representatives and we will take this to the people, so that they can be made aware of the types of pollution they are not only experiencing but are also actively causing. We need to bring behavioural change and together we can find a solution.”