Delhi govt extends ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign till November 30

A civil defence volunteer displays a placard at an intersection as a part of a Delhi government?s initiative urging commuters to switch-off the ignition of their vehicles at traffic red lights in order to control pollution level in New Delhi.

New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said the AAP government has decided to extend the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign to curb vehicular pollution till November 30.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had launched the campaign on October 21, saying that even if 10 lakh vehicles in the city join the campaign, the PM10 levels would fall by 1.5 tonnes and PM2.5 by 0.4 tonnes in a year.

“The campaign was to continue till November 15. However, the Delhi government has decided to extend it till November 30 considering the pollution situation,” Rai said during a press conference.

It will be called ‘Phase 2’ of the campaign, he said.

Rai also appealed to the opposition to desist from making statement that provoke people against the ban on firecrackers.

“We need everyone’s support in implementing the ban. If you cannot support the cause, please don’t make any provocative statements. Pollution doesn’t differentiate between people,” he said.