Opt for green crackers this Diwali: Javadekar

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 10/9/2019 11:20:17 AM

New Delhi, Oct 8 Ahead of Diwali, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday appealed to the people not to burst fire crackers during the festival of lights. If anyone wanted to burst them at all, he advised them opting for green crackers launched recently. Addressing a press conference, Javadekar said even the national Capital faces several pollution related challenges but they can be tackled as the Central Government has taken a slew of measures for the purpose in the last four years. “The problem of pollution began in 2005-06 and no one was talking about it until 2014 when Modi Government recognised the problem and undertook the challenge to address it. “We are bringing BS-VI compliant vehicles from next year, and 46 teams of the Central Pollution Control Board have been deployed to check the polluting activities in Delhi and NCR today onwards,” Javadekar said, while listing out the actions taken by his ministry. Enumerating some challenges in Delhi, the Minister said seven major polluting areas have been identified in collaboration with IIT Delhi which were found to be having unpaved roads, industrial emissions and heave commercial vehicle activity. These areas are Wazirabad, Mayapuri, Okhla, Faridabad 1 and 2, Sahibabad and Udyog Vihar, he said. “As per the feedback of a CPCB’s team, the poor waste management, inadequate sweeping of roads and unauthorised parking were reported in these areas,” the minister said. The Minister also said Delhi was short of 5,000 buses out of a total requirement of 11,500 buses based on the report on route rationalisation by the GNCT.


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