Soon after the reports suggesting of worsening air quality in the country, Indian government has started planning of installing more air quality monitoring stations in the country to control air pollution. These centres will keep a check and will ensure that industries are following the norms under the Environment Ast of 1986.
Parakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change said, “Government has notified the environmental norms for polluting industries for curbing air pollution under the Environment Act of 1986. All the industries are supposed to comply with the norms.”In addition, these centre will also monitor carbon emission from vehicles under Motor Vehicles Act of 1988.
Also, according to reports from WHO, 13 out 20 most polluted cities around the globe are from India. This becomes a major cause of worry of Indians as India is already facing several unprecedented environmental changes including unpredictable rainfalls, etc, which affects our farming sector badly. Indian is agricultural country and agriculture constitutes 75 percent of the GDP, however, Indian farmers mostly rely on rainfall for irrigation and untimely rainfall ruins their crops causing severe monitory loss which even leads to death sometimes. In addition, worsening air quality leads to several air-related diseases including asthma, etc.
Seeing this, government’s step seems natural but it more requires support from Indian citizens. Where each citizen can contribute a little to improve the air quality. For example, one can use public transportation instead of using own vehicle, also each citizen can pledge to plant at least one tree as this will help in improving controlling the air pollution to a great extent.
According to a recent study conducted by NOAA, global CO2 level surpassed 400 ppm mark for the first time in recent history. Thus, air pollution has become a matter of global concern and it requires country level active participation to improve the air quality.