CM seeks ideas from cit­i­zens to tackle pol­lu­tion

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: With the fes­ti­val of lights and the stub­ble burn­ing sea­son round the cor­ner, chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Fri­day launched a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise on pe­ti­tion web­site Change.org, seek­ing con­struc­tive ideas from the cit­i­zens to tackle pol­lu­tion.

As part of this pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise called #Fight­ingPol­lu­tionTo­gether, Ke­jri­wal signed up as a ver­i­fied de­ci­sion maker on Change.org, and reached out to peo­ple with an ap­peal to work hand in hand to ad­dress the prob­lem of pol­lu­tion in the city, a Delhi gov­ern­ment state­ment said.

“We have all seen as­ton­ish­ing views of clear skies in Delhi over the past few days. We know that it is pos­si­ble to re­tain these clear skies, like any other global city, if the gov­ern­ment and cit­i­zens jointly find so­lu­tions to Delhi’s pol­lu­tion woes,” said the CM. “We have started work on ac­tion­ing the Win­ter Ac­tion Plan, and I would like to hear from peo­ple how the gov­ern­ment and the cit­i­zens can col­lab­o­rate in this mis­sion to keep Delhi's air clean. The 25% re­duc­tion in pol­lu­tion achieved in Delhi has to be built upon to re­duce it fur­ther,” he added.

“I am do­ing every­thing in my ca­pac­ity to en­sure that Delhi doesn’t turn into a toxic gas cham­ber again. In ad­di­tion to these steps, if you have an idea to beat pol­lu­tion then start a pe­ti­tion to me right away. I be­lieve great things are in our fu­ture when cit­i­zens and gov­ern­ment build a roadmap to­gether,” Ke­jri­wal said in a mes­sage to the users of Change.org.

Nida Hasan, the coun­try di­rec­tor of Change.org, said, “Pol­lu­tion in Delhi has be­come a big prob­lem over the years. We have seen many pe­ti­tions on the plat­form try­ing to ad­dress this is­sue, which have been sup­ported by mil­lions of peo­ple. I am glad that chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal has opened a line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Delhi's res­i­dents to tackle this prob­lem. I hope that #Fight­ingPol­lu­tionTo­gether will lead to long-last­ing im­pact.”

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