Urgent steps required to improve air quality in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, January 10: Chief advisor to Telangana Government and chairman state pollution control board Dr Rajiv Sharma today said that steps are urgently required to improve air quality particularly in the areas where the levels exceed the stipulated standards.

He held a meeting with the senior officials of Transport, Civil Supplies, Police, Municipal Administration and reviewed the steps taken by various departments regarding prevention and control of air pollution in Hyderabad and other towns.

Rajiv Sharma said that air pollution has been viewed seriously by the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal which have issued specific directions from time to time for improving the air quality.  

He advised officials to launch public awareness campaign for air pollution control, vehicle maintenance and minimizing use of personal vehicles. He observed that a multipronged, sustained and integrated approach including close monitoring and implementation.  

The functioning of Hyderabad Traffic Integrated Management System was reviewed in the meeting.  He suggested that multilevel parking places should be developed and parking places should be identified at commercial establishments and schools in the city.  

Sharma emphasized the need to promote alternate fuels like LPG and CNG and restrict the overloading of vehicles.  He directed the municipal administration department to formulate a time frame for the implementation of green buffers, pot hole free roads, greening of the city, water foundations, black tapping of roads and widening of roads.   

He stated that extensive drive should be launched against burning of bio-mass, crop residue, garbage and also ensure regular check and control of burning of municipal solid waste and also to control industrial emissions.

 He directed the civil supply department to check fuel adulteration and random monitoring of fuel quality data.

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