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Pollution crisis can't be solved in a day, need constant efforts: Javadekar

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said the pollution problem cannot be resolved in a day and continuous efforts are needed to tackle each of the contributing factors

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prakash Javadekar

Union Environment Minister on Sunday said the problem cannot be resolved in a day and continuous efforts are needed to tackle each of the contributing factors.

Interacting with people during a Facebook Live event, he said the major factors behind air in the country are traffic, industries, waste, dust, stubble, geography and meteorology.

"The problem cannot be resolved in one day. Continuous efforts needed to tackle each contributing factor," the minister said.

Javadekar said e-vehicles are becoming popular and more than two lakh e-vehicles were being used in India currently. "I myself use an e-vehicle. I charge it at my home. I also drive an e-scooty."

The government introduced BSVI fuel which reduces vehicular emissions by up to 60 per cent. Metro and e-buses have been introduced to reduce vehicular pollution, he said.

The minister said the number of "bad air days" has reduced from 250 in 2016 to 180 in 2020.

He said people have a big role to play in tackling and urged them to download 'Sameer' mobile application of the Central Pollution Control Board for monitoring pollution levels in different cities.

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First Published: Sun, October 18 2020. 20:06 IST