Air action plan to keep rising pollution at bay

 By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 18: With Guwahati going Delhi way on pollution front, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is going to work in tandem with Clean Air Asia Intertiol, an NGO, to chalk out an air action plan.
Air pollution in Guwahati is on the rise with a number of industries springing up in and around the city, besides the ever-increasing number of vehicles plying on its network of roads. Smoke, be it from chimneys of industries or exhaust pipes of vehicles, is notorious for air pollution in Guwahati. Dust particles that fly in the air in the city during the winter do add to the situation. To make air action plan a reality the civic body does not have the expertise which is why it is going to collaborate with the NGO to get the job done.  Talking to this reporter, GMC official Debojit Baruah said: “We’re going to prepare a route map to get the job done in collaboration with the NGO.  We’re going to send a letter each to the DTO Kamrup(M), the State Transport Department and Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) regarding this. We’re to request them to stop plying of buses that have been on road for more than ten years. We’ve to find out ways to bring down the pollution level in Guwahati in consultation with the NGO that has no dearth of experts.” “If the route map which we’re going to prepare yields results, we’ll sign an MoU with the NGO,” Baruah said.

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