Pollution in Delhi has gone down by 25 per cent in the last three years, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today. He also thanked the central government and the municipal body for their efforts towards bringing the pollution levels in the city down.
"Pollution has begun to reduce in Delhi. In the last three years, the pollution in the city has reduced significantly," the Chief Minister said.
Pointing out that when the pollution in the entire world and other cities of the countries is increasing, it is on a decline in Delhi, Mr Kejriwal said, "From 2012 to 2014, PM 2.5 was 154. From 2016 to 2018, it has reduced to 115. The pollution has reduced by 25 per cent."
Due to the construction of Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway, there is a decline in the number of trucks entering Delhi, bringing the pollution levels in the city down, the Chief Minister said.
"The construction of Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway is one of the reasons for the decline in pollution. Apart from this, environmental compensation charges were levied. So, trucks began to use roads outside Delhi. The number of trucks entering Delhi reduced by 30 per cent due to Eastern Peripheral Expressway," he said.
"This is a big number," the Chief Minister said, adding, "I think the numbers would be even higher for Western Peripheral. Both of these have been constructed by the Central government and we would like to thank them on behalf of people of Delhi for this."
Crediting all agencies for their efforts to bring down city's pollution, Mr Kejriwal said, "This (reduction in pollution levels) is not due to the efforts of the Delhi government alone. We want to thank the central government for their efforts, Municipal Corporation Departments (MCDs) for their efforts. The Supreme Court passed so many orders which we followed religiously."
He also thanked the people of Delhi for supporting the efforts to curb pollution.
(With Inputs From ANI)