“Clean air for Delhi campaign to be developed into a peoples’ movement across the country”: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

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By Sarkaritel February 23, 2018 20:02


Strongly emphasizing that continuous efforts will be made to develop the Clean Air for Delhi Campaign into a peoples’ movement across the country, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that this Campaign will be replicated in about 100 non-attainment cities.  Addressing mediapersons on Clean Air for Delhi Campaign that concluded here today, Dr. Harsh Vardhan pointed out that air quality in 2018 was better in comparison to 2016 and 2017.

The Minister stated that on the opening day of the Campaign on February 10, which was a Saturday, the level of air quality was in the Very Poor category.  “The air quality never went back to Very Poor category after February 12”, he said.    Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that comparative data for the months of February and March in the years 2016, 2017 & 2018 will be collated to ensure that the campaign is moving in the right direction.

The Minister reiterated that efforts were made during the Campaign to raise the levels of public awareness through radio and other communication tools.    Dr. Harsh Vardhan referred to the positive messages imparted by school children, who were an integral part of the process to spread awareness. Providing a statistical overview of some of the cases of violation (see table given below), Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that in all, out of 7, 357 cases of violation, Challans worth Rs. 8 crore 85 lakh were issued in 3, 117 cases, that is in nearly 40 per cent of the cases of violations. However, the Minister underlined that issuing Challans is a process of raising awareness levels and enhancing education.  “It was observed that all the trucks carrying construction material were fully covered”, he added.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel February 23, 2018 20:02