LUCKNOW: The Department of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, UP in collaboration with the World Bank, organized a two-day program to discuss the UP Clean Air Management Project (UP-CAMP ) and to find ways to curb the fast-rising levels of pollution in neighborhoods.
Arun Kumar Saxena, Minister of State (independent) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, UP was the chief guest and KP Malik, Minister of State was the guest of honour.
“Air pollution is a serious problem that also leads to serious health risks. It is also observed that the treatment of diseases caused by pollution is difficult, therefore the focus should be more on prevention than on cure. At this time when air pollution is on the increase, government departments and companies should team up to tackle the problem,” said Arun Kumar Saxena, while addressing the gathering during the program on the first day. .
Ashish Tiwari, Secretary, Department of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, UP said the state was in the heart of the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP), which was a global air pollution hotspot. “Factors responsible for air pollution also include long-range background pollution from areas falling into the airshed that is outside cities and the state,” Tiwari said. Although efforts to control pollution have been made through city-level interventions under the city’s clean air action plans, they have not addressed the pollution problems of background, he said.
“Recognizing the background contribution to air pollution of cities, the state has been a pioneer in formulating the Uttar Pradesh Air Quality Action Plan (UCAP) by adopting a airshed approach with the technical support of the World Bank. The World Bank has offered to provide financial assistance to the State for the implementation of the airshed-based UCAP,” he said. -he adds.
Officials said this workshop is also part of the development of a Uttar Pradesh Air Quality Action Plan (UCAP) 2022. During the two-day workshop, key Results and targets will be presented to stakeholders from government agencies, highlighting their critical role and efforts needed to clean the air for the health and prosperity of UP residents. The workshop will also discuss sector implementation issues through a series of thematic groups and how to align existing and additional budgets and programs with the most cost-effective actions to reduce air pollution while identifying budget, policy, investment, capacity, stakeholder and engagement priorities.