New Delhi, May 3: India's national capital, New Delhi, truly belongs to the Aam Aadmi, literally. It is not just governed by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), but the common man (Aam Aadmi) of the city is also not far behind when it comes to contribute for various civic issues affecting them.
At a time when the national capital is facing an alarming rise in the air pollution level, the citizens of Delhi have come together to start a novel initiative-Delhi Clean Air Forum-on May 2 (Monday).
"The forum is a citizen's campaign that aims to engage and involve different Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) across Delhi on local air quality issues and find solutions for long lasting change through on-ground pilot projects, awareness camps and citizen activism," states a press release of URJA (United Residents Joint Action) of Delhi.
URJA, the apex body of RWA in Delhi, was set up in 2005. The apex body gathers, analyzes, disseminates information and aggregates public opinion to demand efficient delivery of civic amenities, health services, security, clean air and water to residents of Delhi by the government agencies.
"We connect and network with 2,500 RWAs, apart from several NGOs," states the press release.
"The residents of Delhi have a crucial part to play in solving the air quality crisis. I congratulate URJA for starting the Delhi Clean Air Forum. It is indeed an important step in the right direction. This will strengthen our mission towards making Delhi a word class city. We look forward to work closely with URJA on local civic issues," said Satyendra Jain, Delhi's nodal minister of health, PWD and industry, while flagging-off the campaign.
The forum will focus on control of vehicular pollution and better policy guidelines to implement clean auto fuels.
"We will also work towards understanding the reasons behind the failure to protect the rights and safety of pedestrians. We will concentrate on controlling roadside dust and greening of walkways; while encouraging more and more people to walk on roads," states the press release.
The press release adds, "We will work towards energy conservation. We will hold the local municipality and government accountable to further undertake holistic air quality management plans. We also want to encourage initiatives that decongest our roads and demand for better public transport facilities."
The second phase of Delhi's odd-even traffic scheme aimed at battling pollution ended on Saturday (April 30).