‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’: Delhi MLAs to hit the streets today to raise awareness on anti-pollution drive
To provide further impetus to the “Red Light On, Gaadi Off” campaign, all the MLAs of Delhi will gather at the Chandgi Ram Akhara intersection on Thursday to aware people of the drive to reduce vehicular pollution, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai has said. In a statement, the minister said that public participation is key to the success of any government initiative and if two crore people of Delhi contribute responsibly, then vehicle pollution can be reduced by 15 to 20 per cent.
“On October 21 (Thursday), all the MLAs of Delhi will raise awareness about the 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign near Chandgi Ram Akhara on Ring Road. They will appeal to the public to contribute to the campaign. I request the people of Delhi to strengthen our fight against pollution,” Rai said on Wednesday.
The Delhi government had on Monday launched the “Red Light On, Gaadi Off” initiative – turning off a car's engine at a red signal -- with an aim to cut down on vehicular emissions.
The campaign will continue for a month till November 18.
As many as 2,500 civil defence volunteers will be deployed in two shifts of 8 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 8 pm across 100 traffic junctions in the city for the campaign.
The environment minister said that when both the government and society fight together, only then the fight against pollution can be won. He said that the aim of this campaign is to stop the burning of fuel from vehicles stopping at intersections.
“I call upon the two crore people of Delhi. This entire campaign is on your shoulders. We are confident that the way we are running the anti-dust campaign in Delhi, we will also see success similarly with this campaign,” Rai said in the statement.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met a group of people who rescued dozens of people trapped from the multi-storey building in Mundka where at least 27 people died in a fire last week. Last Friday, a massive fire spread through the three floors of the building where a CCTV and Wi-Fi router assembling unit was being run illegally.
In a move aimed at reducing noise pollution and providing relief to people, especially students, ailing and the elderly, the Jammu municipal corporation on Tuesday passed a resolution for the removal of loudspeakers and public address systems operating without permission from religious and public places, evoking criticism from the rival Congress. Corporators from the Opposition stiffly opposed the decision and said that it will vitiate peaceful atmosphere of Jammu, known for brotherhood.
Security forces on Tuesday arrested two overground workers of Lashkar-e-Taiba from Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. “Police, along with security forces, have arrested two terrorist associates of proscribed terror outfit LeT in Budgam. Incriminating materials, explosives and ammunition were also recovered from their possession,” a police spokesman said.
A 37-year-old panchayat member from north Kashmir's Narwav area, Mir Iqbal, is reputed to go the extra mile and not just figuratively, as he moves from village to village trying to solve people's problems and implement government schemes on the grassroots level. A post-graduate from Kashmir University, Iqbal, joined politics in 2011 as a young Congress worker. The Narwav block, spread over 56 square kilometres, comprises 17 panchayats.
Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday announced to open SDM offices at Rakkar and Kotla Behar and block development office at Dadasiba in Jaswan Pragpur assembly constituency in Kangra. He was addressing a public meeting at Pragpur after inaugurating and laying foundation stones of 39 development projects worth ₹190 crore. He slammed the Congress' decision of appointing four working presidents in a small state like Himachal Pradesh.