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Prakash Javadekar addresses issue of pollution in Facebook Live event

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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today said, government has taken a number of steps to tackle air pollution. In a Facebook Live event this evening, Mr Javadekar said, pollution is an issue in every country and the chief causes of pollution in India pertain to traffic, industries, waste management, dust and stubble burning.

He said, the government took the huge decision to implement BS-VI in the country which will lead to decrease of pollution. He said, metros and CNG buses have contributed in bringing down pollution levels. He added that e-buses and metros are coming up in all major cities which cause zero pollution. He said, there are over two lakh e-vehicles in the country and he himself uses an e-vehicle.

The Minister stressed that people’s cooperation is extremely important and everyone can contribute in reducing pollution. The Minister said, whenever possible, people should use bicycles or walk to their destinations. He also asked people to plant more trees as increased tree cover aids in reducing pollution.

Mr Javadekar said, Narendra Modi government had launched the national air quality index in 2014 which is another important step to address pollution. He said, acceptance of a problem is the first step towards finding a solution. He also asked people to download the SAMEER app which provides s on air pollution.


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