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‘Zero Tolerance to Polluters’, says Dr Harsh Vardhan
New Delhi. Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan today strongly reiterated that the two-week-long Clean Air Campaign is not just a symbolic exercise, but a serious effort to drastically bring down pollution levels in the national capital. Briefing mediapersons on the Clean Air Campaign to be launched in Delhi on February 10-23. He 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 also. The Minister said that efforts to reduce pollution levels will not be restricted to these two weeks only, but taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.
The Centre and Government of Delhi will together launch the intense exercise to address all sources of pollution in Delhi from February 10-23, 2018. This follows from the determination of the Government to tackle the problem in its entirety. Seventy joint teams of officials of Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, CPCB, Delhi Government, DPCC, Municipal Corporations and NDMC have already been constituted. These teams will fan out to every administrative division of Delhi, monitor causes of pollution and initiate remedial measures, including penal actions against serious polluters on the spot.
The Environment Minister said that there is a commitment at the highest level in the country to overcome the issue of air pollution, as reflected by the special provision of budgetary resources to tackle stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Delhi.(Updated on February 8th, 2018)