Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Wednesday said his government is making all efforts to curb rising pollution in Maharashtra and appealed for united efforts to make it happen
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. File Photo/ANI
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Wednesday said his government is making all efforts to curb rising pollution in Maharashtra and appealed for united efforts to make it happen.
Speaking at a function after administering the pledge of 'pollution-free Diwali' to schoolchildren at Mantralaya, the state secretariat in Mumbai, Shinde said rising pollution levels have become a cause for global concern.
“The state government has focused on planting trees. Environment awareness campaigns are being conducted through Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and subsidies are being given for bamboo plantation,” he said.
Shinde said if children can make up their minds to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali, their parents will follow the same path.
The CM's appeal comes at a time when Mumbai is witnessing rising air pollution levels.
To control air pollution in Mumbai, the civic body has served notices to more than 100 contractors and real estate firms engaged in executing private and government projects, asking them to adhere to dust mitigation norms or face action.
The Bombay High Court has also limited fireworks between 7 pm and 10 pm for Mumbai residents during the festival of lights.
BMC takes action against gold and silver smelting units to tackle air pollution in Mumbai
Meanwhile, the Mumbai’s civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has demolished four chimneys of gold and silver smelting units in Kalbadevi and Zaveri Bazar area in South Mumbai amid worsening air pollution in the city, officials said on Wednesday.
According to BMC officials, their C-ward took action against the units as they were compounding the air pollution in the metropolis.
Mumbai's average air quality index (AQI) stood at around 150, or "moderate", on Wednesday, according to official data.
As part of the business of making ornaments and allied activities, gold and silver are melted in smelting units, which are mostly small-scale factories. While the precious metals are melted in a furnace, gaseous byproducts are released into the air through chimneys, civic officials said.
However, when such fumes are released without scientific treatment, they pose a threat to human health, they said.
As these hazardous gases add to the city's pollution, BMC has initiated a drive against those violating the air pollution norms, said a civic official.
The BMC's buildings and factories department has evicted four such smelting units on Dhanji Marg and Miza Marg in C-ward, the official said.
According to a BMC release issued on Wednesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has directed the civic body to take measures to bring air pollution and dust under control in Mumbai.
Acting on the directive, the BMC has started taking measures in all 24 civic wards, including cleaning nearly 650 kilometres of road with water for dust control, it said.
The civic body recently issued new guidelines to lessen air pollution in the city. It has given developers and those carrying out infrastructure work a month's time to acquire sprinklers and fogging machines for their construction sites and also warned of stern action in case of non-compliance. (With inputs from PTI)