By Ishank Katyal
New Delhi The air pollution level in Delhi heavily increases during Diwali due to fire crackers and burning from the neighbouring states like Punjab and Haryana. Aam Aadmi Party announced on Friday that the State Government has approved the tree transplantation policy and set up a smog tower in Connaught Place to curb the pollution level in the capital.
The tree transplantation policy is under development and is in addition of the plantation of trees which is compulsory and already took place.
“Delhi Government has passed a tree transplantation policy, under which, 80% of trees uprooted for any construction or development project, must be transplanted elsewhere. Payment will be made to the transplantation agency only if 80% of the transplanted trees survive for a year. The government is working on a panel of authorised agency to conduct these transplantations,” Said CM Arvind Kejriwal. He also said that local committees will be involved to monitor the transplanted trees.
“Delhi Government has also approved to setup a Rs. 20 crore smog tower in Connaught Place. This is in addition to the central government’s smog tower which is coming up in Anand Vihar. This tower will suck the air from the top and release filtered air near the ground,” he said.
Kejriwal also added that control of air pollution has become more important amidst coronavirus outbreak as both are harmful to our lungs.