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New Delhi vs Beijing; Delhi to go for Mechanical Cleaning of Roads to Stem Alarming Dust, Air Pollution, Update

New Delhi vs Beijing; Delhi to go for Mechanical Cleaning of Roads to Stem Alarming Dust, Air Pollution, Update

New Delhi vs Beijing; Delhi to go for Mechanical Cleaning of Roads to Stem Alarming Dust, Air Pollution, Update

New Delhi: Delhi is already the most polluted city in the world. A few months ago, the Indian government too had accepted this fact. So far the pollution was rising unchecked.

But now there are finally some plans to fight the meteoric rise in pollution level in the biggest metro city in the country.

The state government is planning to improve the method to clean Delhi roads. And this is the reason that it is going to opt for mechanical cleaning of roads first and then plant grass on either side of the road next. It is needless to say that the plan may actually reduce the pollution level in the air slightly. But it will not improve it substantially.

delhi pollutionReports suggest that more than one third of the air pollution is caused by dust.

There is so much dust in every nook and the corner of the city that you can be sure to make your shoes look dirty if you just walk a few meters even in the best localities of the Indian capital. Recently the National Green Tribunal banned the entry of more than ten year old vehicles in Delhi. Besides the tribunal has demanded the government to control completely the dust coming from construction sites in the city.

Latest data suggests that as much as 78% of the air pollution is caused by cars, trucks, two wheelers and other vehicles. It is needless to say that by opting for mechanical cleaning the government can reduce it to 27%, said the officials.

While talking about the plan PWD minister Satyender Jain said, “We have prepared a plan to decrease air pollution, according to which we will make all 1,200 km roads of Public Works Department dust-free by mechanical cleaning. In the next three months, mechanical cleaning of PWD’s roads will begin”.

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