Steps To Cut Down on Air Pollution

Steps To Cut Down on Air Pollution

Question: Environmental pollution is causing a huge rise in respiratory diseases apart from poisoning the ecology. Discuss the steps taken by the GoI to cut down on air pollution.

- Environmental pollution causes respiratory diseases and impacts lung functions

- Government has taken several steps to contain environmental pollution, especially air pollution:

- Notification of National Ambient Air Quality Standards 2009 envisaging 12 polluting agents

- Formulation of regulation and statutes

- Establishing of monitoring network for assessing ambient air quality

- Introduction of cleaner or alternate fuel such as CNG, LPG and so on

- Promotion of public transport network including metro

- Creation of infrastructure for controlling industrial pollution through cleaner production techniques and establishment of common pollution control facilities

- Clean India Mission or Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan has been promoted and launched

- Draft rules for solid waste management have been put in public domain for comments from stakeholders

- Standards for sewage treatment plants has been notified for comments of stakeholders

- Bharat Stage IV norms have been implemented in 63 select cities while Bharat Stage III norms have been implemented in the rest of the country

- There is a ban on burning leaves/biomass

- Stringent industrial standards have been formulated and GoI has accorded high priority for public partnership in lane discipline, car pooling, PUC and vehicle maintenance

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