for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said 46 teams
of the central pollution control board (CPCB) will take stock of pollution
levels in Delhi-NCR from 7 October 2019 and appropriate action will be taken
was addressing a press conference over central government initiatives to combat
air pollution in New Delhi.
Air quality index
said that under the visionary leadership of Prime minister Narendra Modi, the
government recognised the problem and launched an air quality index, which led
to greater public awareness and actions to control air pollution. He further
explained ambient air quality monitoring network in Delhi and NCR has been
The Minister said the focused actions had a positive impact on air quality. Out
of 273 days till last month the number of good satisfactory and moderate days
were 165 against 104 in 2016.
Special scheme to
address air pollution due to stubble burning
minister said, a special scheme was launched to address air pollution due to
stubble burning and under this scheme around 1100 crore rupees have been
provided to state governments for providing subsidy on machinery required for
in-situ management of crop residue.
60,000 cr rupees spent to switch to BS
VI fuels to combat vehicle pollution
Javdekar said that to combat with vehicle pollution nearly 60 thousand crore
rupees was spent on switching over to BS-VI fuels. He said that the country
will shift to Bharat Stage Six (BS-VI) vehicular emission norms from BS-IV by
April 2020. He said the department of heavy industries is providing subsidy on
Over 20 thousand e-vehicles have been sold in Delhi under the scheme. He
further said that an increase in the penalty for violation of PUC norms and
implementation of RFID system at all the 13 entry points to the Capital is
playing a vital role in combating air pollution. He said Delhi metro is one of
the best metro networks in the country, due to which over 4 lakh motor vehicles
are off the roads, thereby reducing pollution.
on emissions due to the closure of Badarpur thermal plant of NTPC
Javadekar said the closure of Badarpur thermal plant of NTPC led to an
estimated reduction of 8 tons of particulate matter, 44.7 tons of Sulphur
dioxide and 128.4 tons of oxides of nitrogen emission per day.
The minister urged people to use green firecrackers only, this Diwali.