Clean Air For Urban Centers

The State Government has prepared a comprehensive clean air action plan for six urban centers in State to improve the ambient air quality.

This was discussed and shared among the stakeholders, experts and activists at the state level workshop here on Tuesday.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, inaugurating the workshop, said that Odisha had set on its journey for monitoring and management of urban air quality years back.
“As first generation action, steps have been taken for improving emission standards for industries, shifting of polluting industries, putting in place extensive public transport system.,” he said.
Mr.Padhi said the causes of air pollution and its remedies are known and policies have also been framed.
“The action plan is also ready. Now it is the time for strengthening the implementing mechanism and strict enforcement," the Chief Secretary said adding,"The people who pollute must pay for compensatory action and the people who violate must be punished to deter the tendency of violation".
 Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said, "The action plan has been prepared in a time bound manner within two months under the joint efforts of the Center for Science and Environment ( CSE), Delhi; Forest and Environment department, Government of  Odisha and State Pollution Control Board, Odisha.”
"This is the first workshop to discuss the action plan. It will be shared with all stakeholders and implementing agencies including peoples' organizations operating at different level for attainment of national standards of clean air quality in six air polluted urban centers," he added.
Member State Pollution Control Board Debidutta Biswal presenting the welcome address said,  air pollution has reached alarming proportion.
“Around seven million people of the world have been affected by air pollution related diseases out of which four million are in Asia-Pacific region. The problem needs cogent and coherent effort by different stakeholders. The action plan has been prepared for the cities like Angul, Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela and Talcher in Odisha," he said.
Notably, as per air quality study, there are about 102 cities in India where air quality does not confirm to the National Ambient Quality Standards (NAAQS) including these six cities of Odisha.
Available data show, the annual average level of particular matter less than 10 micron size ( PM10) will have to be reduced by 39 per cent in Angul, 28 per cent in Balasore, 36 per cent in Bhubaneswar, 27 per cent in Cuttack 41per cent in Rourkela and 45 per cent in Talcher to meet the National Air Quality Standard. The present multispectral comprehensive action plan has been prepared for these cities.            
Among other dignitaries and experts Atul Bagai of United Nations Environment Programme, G Mathivathnan, Secretary Housing & Urban Development Dr K Murgesan, Union Special Secretary Ministry of Forest & Environment Anumita Roychowdhury, Executive Director CSE and Chief Environmental Engineer NR Sahoo spoke at the inaugural session.
The Workshop was held in six sessions including one inaugural and five technical sessions. The technical sessions focused on the topics like understanding pollution sources and emission inventory, advanced strategies for reducing emissions, public transport & street design management emission control strategies, hyper local air quality management, solid waste management etc. 
More than one hundred experts, senior officers from different departments, mining corporations, public and private sector industries and NGOs participated in the deliberations. 

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