As part of the ongoing Clean Air for Delhi Campaign, Environment Minister, Imran Hussain on February 19, flagged off the Anti-Smog Gun campaign from the Delhi Secretariat for the third time. This gun will be used on PWD roads during non-peak hours for checking its capabilities in reducing air pollution.
Clean Air for Delhi Campaign is jointly organized by the Delhi Government in association with the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), from February 10 to February 23 in order to create awareness among the people of Delhi about the activities which lead to air pollution in Delhi.
66 teams have been constituted under the supervision of Sub Divisional Magistrates or Tehsildars. These teams also include officers from respective Municipal Corporations, Delhi Pollution Control Committee/Environment Dept.and Officers of MOEF&CC/Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). These teams are responsible for taking preventive action in different parts of Delhi against instances of causes/sources of air and noise pollution such as:-
· Garbage burning.
· Vehicular emission/Traffic choke points/ Measures to ease congestion
· Encroachment of roads by Parking leading to congestion
· Dug up and Dusty Roads
· Industrial emission
· Construction and demolition waste
· Use of power generators/DG sets.
Imran Hussain stated that the use of Anti Smog Gun is expected to suppress airborne particles and dust on road surface and will be used for spraying on roadside vegetation also. This process is likely to reduce the contribution of particulate matter which settles on the vegetation due to road re-suspension and windblown dust.
The Anti Smog Gun will be used for next few days on different routes of PWD in consultation with Delhi Traffic Police.
The Minister informed that the Delhi government is exploring various ways and means for the reduction of air pollution in the national capital. The Use of Anti Smog Gun is one of such steps to assess its impact in reducing air pollution in Delhi.
The Delhi government will undertake trials of many more new technologies in its fight against pollution in the national capital.