In his address, the minister said the air quality improvement efforts have shown good results in cities across the country. He added, there is still more to do to ensure clean air, that requires ‘Jan Bhagidari’ or people’s participation.
Mr Bhupendar Yadav said, India’s switchover to the Bharat-Stage-VI standards in vehicle emissions is one of the landmark policy decisions in combating air pollution. He said Chennai, Madurai and Trichy in Tamil Nadu are among the cities with more than three million people where the air quality is within the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
Union Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Tamil Nadu Environment Minister Siva. V. Meyyanathan and representatives from the participating states and Union Territories including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala, Pondicherry, Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli took part in the workshop.