Delhi pollution: Govt launches Red light on, Gaadi off

The Red light on, Gaadi off campaign is aimed at urging drivers to shut ignition while waiting at traffic signals. The campaign is aimed at curbing air pollution in Delhi. Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai launched the drive on Monday
Volunteers hold placards at ITO as part of Delhi government’s ‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign to reduce vehicular pollution in Delhi, on Monday. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Volunteers hold placards at ITO as part of Delhi government’s ‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign to reduce vehicular pollution in Delhi, on Monday. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday started a month-long ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign across 100 traffic crossings to reduce vehicular emissions.

As the campaign began on Monday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to people to “contribute” in the fight against pollution and make the campaign successful.

“Please do contribute in this fight against pollution. Whenever you stop at the red light, please turn off your car’s engine. This will save fuel and also help reduce pollution. We all Delhiites will together reduce pollution in Delhi,” Kejriwal tweeted on Monday.

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai visited the ITO crossing in the morning and gave roses to commuters, appealing them to turn off their car’s engines at red signals as well as extend their support to make this fight against pollution a success.

“To reduce vehicular pollution, the Delhi government has started a ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign from today (Monday). Data by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) shows that if people follow the exercise of switching off engines at traffic signals, pollution can be cut down by 13-20%,” Rai said.

“This is a public campaign. We all will have to fight together to beat pollution. I appeal to the public to follow the campaign,” he added.

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