Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government is committed to reducing the air pollution level in 122 most polluted cities. He was addressing a webinar on the first-ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. Javadekar underscored air pollution in the environment, adding that the government had launched the Air Quality Index monitoring in 2014. Today we are tracking the levels of Pollution on eight parameters.
The minister said thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing up Air Pollution in his Independence Day Speech and setting the goal of holistic improvement in Air Quality in 100 cities. The Prime Minister is determined to bring about this change, he added.
Javadekar, along with Minister of State Babul Supriyo and Secretary, Ministry of Environment, R.P. Gupta, launched a brochure on Integrated Measures to Combat Air Pollution under the National Clean Air Programme.
The Union Minister said that people must participate in cleaning the air. Car-pooling and the use of public transport must be promoted.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had organized the webinar on the occasion of the first-ever International Day of Clean Air For Blue Skies. Principal Secretaries of the departments of Urban Development and Environment of 28 states and 8 Union Territories attended the program. Commissioners of the 122 cities, as noticed in the National Clean Air Program, also participated and put forth their experiences and best practices.