Rai launches Green War Room to monitor, combat air pollution 24X7

New Delhi, Oct 3: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday launched an advanced ‘Green War Room’ here to monitor air pollution and ensure effective implementation of the winter action plan to curb it.

The war room will work from the seventh floor of the Delhi Secretariat where a 12-member team comprising environment scientists and other officials will be deployed, the minister said while addressing a press conference here.

He said environment scientist Dr BMS Reddy will be in-charge of the war room while environment engineer NK Joshi has been appointed as assistant in-charge.

“We have launched an advanced ‘Green War Room’ from today and it will work round the clock.

“It will monitor air pollution levels 24X7 and ensure that all necessary measures are taken to curb pollution in accordance with the amended GRAP. The war room will also analyse pollution data of the city,” Rai said.

Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) is a set of anti-air pollution measures followed in the capital and its vicinity according to the severity of the situation.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Friday announced a 15-point winter action plan to combat pollution in the city. Under the plan, the GRAP has been enforced in Delhi from October 1.

Rai said the war room will also be linked with Green Delhi App through which residents can send their complaints regarding pollution, such as garbage burning, to the war room. Necessary instructions to concerned departments will then be issued to address the issue, he said.

The minister said the app has received 54,156 complaints so far.

“Out of 54,156 complaints, nearly 90 per cent have been addressed. Maximum 32,573 complaints were related to MCD followed by PWD which had 9,118 complaints and 3,333 complaints were related to DDA,” Rai said.

The minister cited a report from Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and said despite the increase in population, Delhi government’s efforts to curb pollution have achieved success as in the past 10 years, PM10 levels fell by 40 per cent and PM2.5 by 31 per cent.

“In 2012, the PM10 levels of Delhi were averaged out at 368. In 2021, through the succinct efforts of CM Arvind Kejriwal and his government, the PM10 levels have fallen to 221. PM2.5 was at 164 in 2012 while in 2021 it was 113. PM10 has fallen by 40 per cent in the last 10 years while PM2.5 has been reduced by 31 per cent in the last decade,” Rai said citing the CSE report.

The minister said from October 6, an anti-dust campaign will be launched in Delhi to check dust pollution especially at construction sites.

He urged people to report every single instance of dust pollution or garbage burning on the Green Delhi App. (PTI)