‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ Campaign To Continue For 15 More Days

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  • The second phase of the 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign will start on November 19th.
  • Delhi government suggested a work from home policy.
  • Ban on industries and construction work to deal with the crisis.

New Delhi:  Environment minister Gopal Rai said on Tuesday the government’s anti-vehicular campaign, titled, ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’, that was scheduled to come to an end on November 18th has been extended for another 15 days. Rai said the second phase of the campaign, as part of which people are urged to switch off their engines while waiting at traffic signals at major intersections to reduce pollution levels, will begin on November 19th and continue till December 3rd.

Speaking about the meeting convened to discuss pollution in the national capital region (NCR), Rai said the Delhi government suggested a work from home policy, a ban on industries and construction work to deal with the crisis. The meeting was attended by officials from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, besides all other stakeholders as directed by the Supreme Court on Monday.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a high-level meeting on pollution earlier in the day. He directed officials for implementing planned efforts to curb pollution in NCR, including encouraging people to use public transport instead of private vehicles. “Farmers should be contacted not to burn stubble,” he was further quoted as saying in a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). Last month, the Delhi government kicked started its month-long ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign across 100 crossings in the city to reduce vehicular emissions. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had appealed to people to “contribute” to the fight against pollution and make the campaign successful.

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