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Nov 23, 2019

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says govt has made city-specific plans to check pollution

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said that the government has made city-specific plans to check pollution. He said pollution is being monitored in 355 cities at present.

Replying to the discussion in Lok Sabha on air pollution and climate change yesterday, Mr Javadekar stressed the need to work daily to fight the menace of air pollution. The Minister said, 80 per cent vehicular emissions reduction was registered after the adoption of BS IV fuel standards in heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

Mr Javadekar informed the house that India has already reduced its carbon emissions intensity by 22 per cent. Saying planting saplings can be a good initiative, the Minister suggested that every citizen should plant at least seven trees. He informed that the Central Government has notified a Graded Response Action Plan for Delhi and NCR for different levels of pollution.

Mr Javadekar said a number of initiatives have been taken for the abatement and control of air pollution including, operationalization of Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Western peripheral Expressway in 2018. He said, the government is ready to adopt any new technology that helps in reducing pollution. He claimed that New Delhi will take less time than Beijing to improve its air quality. 

While addressing media in Mumbai, Congressleader Ahmed Patel said that today was a black spot in the history ofMaharashtra. He said everything was done in a hushed manner and in the earlymorning adding that something is wrong somewhere.

He said nothing can be more shameful than this. Mr Patelreiterated that they will fight this on both fronts, political and legal andassured that Congress, Shivsena and NCP will form Government in Maharashtra.

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