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To: Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray
Clean up Nagpur’s polluted air.
Implement a clean air plan for Nagpur with definite deadlines.
Why is this important?
In 2018, WHO data revealed Nagpur as the most polluted city in Maharashtra. This is extremely concerning news, given that Nagpur comes after Mumbai and Pune in terms of size and population.
Air pollution is a growing emergency in India and given that Nagpur has been touted as one of the SMART cities in Maharashtra, toxic air is a problem that needs urgent addressing. The WHO report was based on the annual average of Particulate Matter (PM) 10 and 2.5 levels. PM comprises tiny, hazardous particles in the air that are inhaled directly into the lungs. This can lead to serious respiratory illnesses like asthma, lung disorders and can also alter cognitive function.
WHO's permissible limit for PM2.5 (annual) is 10 micrograms per cubic meter (mpcm). In Nagpur, however, the average levels were 84 mpcm, over eight times the limits. MPCB action plan released in November 2019 clearly states that RSPM or otherwise known as PM 2.5 particles are way above the safe limits at North Ambazari Road, Hingna road, and Sadar area. A primary source for pollution is thermal power plants around the city, as well as industrial and vehicular emissions.
The need of the hour to have more air quality monitoring stations in the city, and for MPCB to implement the Nagpur Action Plan in its full form. This includes action in vehicle emissions, resuspensions (Green zones and Traffic issues), Road design improvement, trash burning, Industrial pollution and construction activities.
Sign this campaign demanding clean, breathable air for all in Nagpur.