New Delhi. The government on Tuesday launched a portal ‘PRANA’ to monitor the progress made in the National Clean Air Programme. On this occasion, Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav said that the country is committed to clean air and blue sky for all. Yadav also inaugurated the ‘Smog Tower’ set up at Anand Vihar at an event organized at the Ministry’s headquarters to launch the portal on ‘International Clean Air Day for Blue Skies’. He said that this is an experimental technology and its effect will be studied for two years.
Addressing the program, the Minister said, “India is committed to ensure clean air and blue skies for all the people of the country. The country assures people of a healthy and productive life.” He said that in the year 2018, only six out of 132 cities in the country had the presence of solid particulates (PM) in the air below the national air quality standard, but in the year 2019 and more In 2020, the number of such cities increased to 11 and 28 respectively.
Cleaner air in 2020 than in 2019
Yadav said that the air quality of 86 cities improved in the year 2019 as compared to the year 2018 and in the year 2020 the number of such cities increased to 104.
“We have to see how policy interventions can tackle the problem of air pollution,” he said. Air, water and earth are all for public welfare which can be saved by precautionary policies.
Addressing the program, Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Choubey said that days like International Clean Air Day for blue sky are celebrated only when the situation is very bad.
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