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Joint efforts needed to curb pollution in NCR: Delhi Minister

A file photo of Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai addressing the media in New Delhi on November 29, 2021. Photo: AAPDelhi

New Delhi, Dec 3 (MNN) Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said that the Kejriwal government was doing everything possible to curb pollution in the national capital but joint efforts from the Indian government too was needed for a stronger impact.

He claimed that Delhi’s pollution generated in the city was under control due to numerous emergency measures taken by the state government but the Centre’s involvement to control 69 per cent pollution from external sources was the need of the hour.

“I strongly believe that a joint action plan between the Indian and state governments as well as experts is needed to significantly reduce pollution throughout the National Capital Region, including Delhi,” Rai said.

“Delhi’s internal pollution is largely under control due to numerous emergency measures like a ban on construction and demolition work, ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign, ban on entry of trucks into Delhi, check pollution under control certificates, anti-open burning campaign etc.

Rai said he has once again written a letter to the Union Environment Minister to urge the Indian government to take cognisance of alarming pollution caused by external sources.

Rai has requested the Union Minister to immediately convene a joint meeting with all state environment ministers and experts of NCR states and chalk out a joint action plan to bring down pollution in region.

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