The International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies was celebrated in capital city of Bhubaneswar today with much zeal and commitments. For the purpose, an awareness meeting and a daylong conference was held involving different departments and stakeholders.
Joining the Celebration as Chief Guest, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra inaugurated it with lighting of the lamp. In his inaugural address he said, “Many polluting particulate in the air are generally invisible, and as such, it needs intensive awareness with convincing messages for the people”. He added, “Air does not have any State or country boundary. We have to be careful to reduce and contain the pollutants at the source at any cost through collaborative and participatory approaches”.
Joining the occasion, Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Satyabrata Sahu said that National Clean Air Program ( NACP) launched in 2019 “has set target for reducing particulate matters in the air by 20 to 30 percent within coming five years. In comparison to other States, Odisha performed well in this matter. With our common effort we could make our State a better place to live in”.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Secretary Commerce and Transport Bishnupada Sethi said “A vast majority of global population today are victims of polluted air, and it is more challenging for the developing countries”. He highlighted different measures like promotion of electric vehicle, phasing out of old and more polluting vehicles, Government support and subsidy for manufacturing of electricity vehicles etc being implemented through the department of Commerce and Transport.
Director Environment Sushant Nanda said, “Clean air is a fundamental right and we have to work together to protect this right of the people.”
Member Secretary Pollution Control Bard Dr K. Murugesan presented the key note along with welcome address in the inaugural session.
This session was followed by two technical sessions. Deliberations were held on the topics like “Overview of NACP”, Importance of “PRANA Portal of NACP”, “ Carrying capacity study in non-attainment cities”, “State Action Plan for Clean Air”, “Emission inventory and source apportionment study in non-attainment cities of Odisha”, “Satellite mapping of particulate pollution”, and “Impact of particulate matter on ambient air quality”. Thematic experts namely Dr Nihar Ranjan Sahoo, Ms Sonal Jain, Prof Kakoli K. Paul, Ms Anumita Roychoundhury, Dr Yogesh Sathe, Dr Vinoj V, and Dr Boopaty.R lighted on the topics