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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar chairs webinar on International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today chaired a webinar on the first-ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said that with rise in population, industries, vehicles, garbage and dust, pollution has increased.
 
Mr Javadekar said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address from the Red Fort on this year’s Independence Day had highlighted the need of holistic improvement in air quality in 100 cities.
 
The Minister said, Government has taken several initiatives during last few years to reduce pollution in the country.
 
Launch of National Clean Air Programme, NACP and National Air Quality Index, NAQI ,use of BS VI fuel, enhancing emission standards for industries, contruction of roads for decongestion of traffic, special emphasis to e-vehicles are some of the initiatives. 
 
Mr Javadekar also reviewed the progress of  activities under National Clean Air programme during the course of the webinar.
 
The webinar was joined by Principal Secretaries of the Urban Development Departments and Environment Departments of 28 states and 8 Union Territories.
 
Commissioners of 122 cities as identified in NCAP programme also participated in the webinar.
 
The General Assembly of United Nations on 19th December last year had adopted a resolution to observe the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on 7th September every year starting from this year.
 

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