Call to launch public awareness campaign to check air pollution

  • Rajiv Sharma reviews progress with top officials

Hyderabad: Chief Advisor to the Telangana Government and chairman of State Pollution Control Board, Dr Rajiv Sharma, held a meeting with the senior officials of Transport, Civil Supplies, Police, Municipal Administration and reviewed the steps taken by various departments regarding prevention and control of air pollution in Hyderabad and other towns in the State.

Addressing the meeting on Wednesday, Dr Rajiv Sharma said both the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal have taken a serious view of air pollution. They have issued specific directions from time to time for improving the air quality. He said steps are urgently required to improve air quality, particularly in areas where the levels exceed the stipulated standards. He advised the officials to launch public awareness campaign for air pollution control, vehicle maintenance and minimizing the use of personal vehicles. He also observed that a multi-pronged, sustained and integrated approach, including close monitoring of implementation of the Supreme Court order was paramount.

Multilevel parking places: The functioning of Hyderabad Traffic Integrated Management System was reviewed at the meeting. He suggested that multilevel parking places should be developed and parking places should be identified at commercial establishments and schools in the city. He emphasized the need to promote alternate fuels like LPG and CNG and restrict the overloading of vehicles. He also directed the Municipal Administration Department to formulate a time-frame for implementation of green buffers, pothole-free roads, greening of the city, water foundations, black tapping of roads and widening of roads.

Rajiv Sharma stated that an extensive campaign should be launched against burning of bio-mass, crop residue, garbage and ensure regular check and control of burning of municipal solid waste and also to control industrial emissions. He directed the Civil Supplies Department to check fuel adulteration and random monitoring of fuel quality data.

BR Meena, Principal Secretary, Environment & Forests;  Sunil Sharma, Principal Secretary, R&B;  CV Anand, Commissioner, Civil Supplies; Navin Mittal, Secretary, MA&UD;  NVS Reddy, MD, HMR, and other officials were present. -NSS

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