India to finally get a national air quality index

India to finally get a national air quality index

by The Daily Eye Team October 21 2014, 2:18 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 51 secs

Proposed air quality index is an important step forward to achieve clean air standards and reduce public health risk, says CSE After a long wait, the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has finally released the first ever draft proposal on air quality index (AQI) and health alert for public comments. It was released by Union minister of state for environment, Prakash Javadekar, on Friday. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a Delhi non-profit that has been continuously campaigning for clean air rights of people, has welcomed the draft proposal. CSE has also applauded the ministry?? new initiative of introducing a health advisory to inform people about the degree of severity of daily air quality and the health consequences. This can help people take precautions on days when the air quality is poor. Javadekar, while releasing the air quality index, said: ??ow one number, one colour and one description will help people to understand the quality of air they are breathing.??/p>

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