Thursday, 3 August 2017

Need to Frame Policies at Local Level to Keep Check on All Sorts of Pollution: Kahan Singh Pannu

By 121 News

Chandigarh 03rd August:- Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board Kahan Singh Pannu today advocated the need for framing policies at local level to keep a check on all sorts of air pollution.

Inaugurating a regional workshop organized by the Central Pollution Control Board in cooperation with the PPCB on air pollution control here today, the Chairman said that it was the need of hour to construct a mass movement against the pollution. Citing the example of Buddha Nullah of Ludhiana, he said that crores of rupees were being spent on its cleaning from last several years but still the desired targets have not been achieved. He said that the polluted water of nullah was affecting the Malwa region of state along with Rajsthan and Haryana. Kahan Singh Pannu said that CPCB must evolve an action plan in consonance with the local needs so as to implement it effectively, which would further help in meeting the desired targets.

The Additional Director of CPCB Prashant Gargav said that every year around 6.27 lakh people reportedly die due to increasing air pollution and air pollution has has emerged as fourth possible reason for these deaths. Prashant Gargav said that as per the data available from 2011-2015, 94 cities of the country were producing more pollution than the fixed limits. He said that out of these 94, eight cities were from the state of Punjab.

Various officers from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu-Kashmir present in the workshop also gave their views to the CPCB and PPCB. The Additional Director of CPCB promised these officers that these views would be incorporated in the action plan to be formulated by them.  

Member Secretary of PPCB Babu Ram was also present on the occasion.