The company encourages passengers to turn off their vehicles while waiting for the traffic light to turn green.

HT Auto Desk

October 31, 2022, 6:23 p.m

Volunteers hold placards at a road post as part of the Delhi government’s Red Light On, Gaadi Off campaign to reduce pollution in the national capital, at ITO, New Delhi (ANI)

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai re-submitted the file for the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign to Lt Governor VK Saxena for his approval. The updated file contains evidence that such companies have reduced pollution from cars in India, the US and the UK. City officials had planned a month-long campaign that was supposed to begin on October 28, but was postponed due to a delay in approval from the LG.

LG Saxena on Saturday returned the file to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to reconsider the campaign and questioned the effectiveness of such a “special” measure. However, Rai, speaking at a press conference, said that 40 cities across India have taken such actions to reduce vehicular pollution.

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The campaign was first launched on October 16, 2020, and during this promotion, drivers are encouraged to turn off their vehicles while waiting for the traffic light to turn green. According to government estimates, the transport sector accounts for 28 percent of Delhi’s PM2.5 emissions.

It was previously reported that this year 2,500 civil defense volunteers will be involved in monitoring the action at 100 key intersections. Another 10 volunteers will be involved at each traffic light in two shifts.

A PTI report said that according to government estimates, the transport sector is responsible for 28 percent of PM2.5 emissions in the city. Cars also contribute 80 percent of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide in Delhi’s air. Additionally, data from the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) shows that when people turn off their engines at traffic lights, pollution can be reduced by 13 to 20 percent.

Date of first publication: 31 Oct 2022, 18:20 IST

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