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Committed To Ensure Clean Air And Blue Skies To All In Country: Environment Minister

Air pollutants enter our body and cause several respiratory diseases and even heart attacks, said Ashwini Choubey, Minister of State, Environment

Committed To Ensure Clean Air And Blue Skies To All In Country: Environment Minister
Highlights
  • Air, water, earth are public goods, can be saved with policies: Mr Yadav
  • We are committed to clean air for blue skies: Mr Yadav
  • Afforestation should be done more: Minister of State, Environment

New Delhi: The government Tuesday (September 9) launched a portal, PRANA, to track the progress of the National Clean Air Programme, with Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav saying the country is committed to ensure clean air and blue skies to everybody. During the launch event held at the ministry headquarters here on the occasion of International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies’, Mr Yadav also inaugurated a smog tower at Anand Vihar, saying it was an experimental technology and its impact will be observed for two years. “India is committed to ensure clean air and blue skies to all the people of the country, assuring them a healthy and productive life,” Mr Yadav said during the event.

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The minister said that in 2018, out of 132 cities, only six had particulate matter (PM) concentration less than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which increased to 11 cities in 2019 and 28 in 2020. He said 86 cities have showed better air quality in 2019 in comparison to 2018, which increased to 104 cities in 2020.

We must look into how policy intervention can help address the issue of air pollution. Air, water, earth are all public goods which can be saved with preventive policies. We are launching the PRANA portal and installing smog tower at Anand Vihar in Delhi. This smog tower is an experiment to see if the technology can be used in the future and reduce pollution. We are committed to clean air for blue skies, Mr Yadav said.

Speaking at the event, MoS, Environment, Ashwini Choubey said a day like International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies is marked/celebrated only when the situation is grave.

International day of a situation is celebrated only when the situation is grave. We will celebrate International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on September 7 every year. Air pollutants enter our body and cause several respiratory diseases and even heart attacks. Afforestation should be done more and there is a need to save trees to improve the air quality, he said.

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The event was attended by Central Pollution Control Board Chairman Tanmay Kumar. Ministry of Environment’s Joint Secretary Naresh Gangwar said rapid urbanisation has increased the challenge of air pollution manifold. The smog tower was to be installed in 10 months, as directed by the Supreme Court, post which performance of the tower was to be evaluated for two years.

However, due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry sought three months extension from the court. The smog tower at Anand Vihar ISBT (pollution hotspot) has been constructed by the Tata Projects Limited (TPL) with the technical support from IIT Mumbai. IIT Mumbai in collaboration with IIT Delhi will validate the performance of the tower. NBCC India Ltd. has been appointed as the project management consultant (PMC) and is supervising the work of TPL.

The tower, proposed by IIT Bombay, is of downdraft (polluted air comes in from the top of the tower and clean air comes out of the bottom) type for localized reduction of PM2.5 and PM10. An Advisory Committee, headed by the CPCB chairman, and comprising experts from IITs, the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Engineers India Limited (EIL), NTPC Ltd. and NBCC India Ltd. has also been constituted to oversee the progress, review the performance and guide on improvement and optimisation.

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World

22,95,44,435Cases
19,20,52,504Active
3,27,83,741Recovered
47,08,190Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,95,44,435 and 47,08,190 have died; 19,20,52,504 are active cases and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

3,35,31,498 26,964Cases
3,01,9897,586Active
3,27,83,741 34,167Recovered
4,45,768 383Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,31,498 confirmed cases including 4,45,768 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,01,989 and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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