Clean Air Campaign Launched in Polluted Delhi

Children demonstrating in the streets of Delhi so the Indian government should protect them from dust and noise pollution coming from extended construction activity. Photo by Rakesh Raman
Children demonstrating in the streets of Delhi so the Indian government should protect them from dust and noise pollution coming from extended construction activity. Photo by Rakesh Raman

A 15-day “Clean Air Campaign” was launched in Delhi on Saturday. The Environment Minister of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, hoped the campaign will not be a symbolic event, but it will continue throughout the year.

The campaign is launched in collaboration with Delhi Government. Dr. Harsh Vardhan suggested to use science & technology to combat pollution. He also said that the 70 teams that have been constituted have a historic opportunity to get their contribution etched in the fight against pollution.

The minister urged the gathering to transform the Clean Air Campaign into a social and national movement. “We must take the example of this campaign of Delhi to the entire nation,” he added.


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The Minister also emphasized that the people must realize their “Green Social Responsibility.” He also expressed the hope that the children present in the gathering and elsewhere will become “Green Sainiks” in the fight against pollution.

Addressing the gathering, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, emphasized that a study needs to be conducted round-the-year on various sources of pollution.

He emphasized the need to analyze pollution in a scientific manner, as no solution can be found on a piecemeal basis. Kejriwal also urged all the concerned Ministries of Central government and Delhi Government to join hands to make a blueprint for mitigation of pollution.

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The Clean Air Campaign – which will continue for two weeks, till February 23 – will include interactions with non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society citizens, academic and R&D institutions.

A workshop on vehicular pollution and traffic management will also be held. The teams will also encourage Resident Welfare Associations to plant saplings in open areas and also encourage schools and colleges to increase the green cover in the campus.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Arvind Kejriwal also jointly launched a mobile application for Clean Air to mark the campaign.

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