Efforts to reduce pollution levels will be taken on a continuous basis: Harsh Vardhan
New Delhi: Emphasising that pollution has reached such a level in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) that it can’t be tolerated anymore, India’s environment minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday stressed that efforts to reduce pollution levels will be taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.
He also said that a “strong message has to go down that pollution is a serious economic and health issue and is linked to our national image’ too.
Harsh Vardhan’s remarks comes two days before the launch of a two-week-long joint exercise of central and Delhi government from 10-23 February, 2018 to address all sources of pollution in the national capital.
Several joint teams of various departments of the central and Delhi governments have already been formed and they will visit places across Delhi to monitor causes of pollution and initiate remedial measures, including penal actions against serious polluters on the spot.
The campaign will also include enforcement of pollution-control measures for vehicles, driving discipline and inspection of power plants in Delhi to ensure it complies with the norms on pollution among other things.
“Efforts to reduce pollution levels will not be restricted to these two weeks only, but taken throughout the year on a continuous basis,” Harsh Vardhan told reporters.