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Air pollution: Min holds meet with NCR states on action plan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23

Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav today discussed the implementation of the Commission for Air Quality Management Action Plan to mitigate pollution due to stubble burning, dust, construction and demolition waste, vehicular pollution and combustion of solid waste with Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Expressing satisfaction at response of all states, Yadav said he also spoke yesterday with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, who assured him of complete cooperation. “It was heartening to note that the spirit with which the Commission for Air Quality Management was conceived is reflected in the action plan of states. The outcome of the plan will significantly depend on the efficacy of the enforcement and implementation by states,” he said.

Implementation the key

The outcome of the action plan will significantly depend on the efficacy of the enforcement and implementation by states. —Bhupender Yadav, Environment minister

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar was present at the meeting, which discussed various in-situ and ex-situ measures for the control of stubble burning.

Yadav said the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has done a project of bio-decomposition in the five states and efforts were being made by Haryana for bio-decomposition over 1 lakh acres, by Punjab in 5 lakh acres and by Delhi in 4,000 acres.

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