Delhi, Seoul sign MoU to tackle air pollution, improve infrastructure

The Delhi government on September 14, 2018, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to work closely in the fields of environment, tourism, wastewater and solid waste management, infrastructure and public health.

The Mou on the ‘Friendship and Cooperation Agreement’ was signed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Seoul mayor Park Won-Soon in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The Delhi CM particularly sought the city’s expertise in dealing with transport and air pollution.

He expressed hope that Delhi will develop on the lines of Seoul which have emerged as a beautiful city in the past 68 years despite being ravaged in the Korean War in 1950.

Key Highlights:-

1. Air pollution: Air pollution is a major issue faced by Delhi almost throughout the year and especially during winter. Since the past two years, Delhi has witnessed very severe smog during winter.
2. Landfill Management: Delhi with four towering landfills is still struggling when it comes to dealing with it.
3. Water Crisis: The only river passing through Delhi- Yamuna- is facing serious water pollution problems. Hence, Delhi faces an acute water crisis every summer as it is dependent on neighbouring states for the supply.
4. Public Transport: Though Delhi’s public transport system has seen the vast improvement with the advent of the new metro lines and low floor buses, the state government is still trying to improve the experience, as the use of public transport will be key to fighting pollution and reducing congestion.

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