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Green bodies laud launch of 'clean air campaign' in Delhi

New Delhi: Green bodies on Sunday lauded the launch of the 'clean air campaign' - a joint effort by the Centre and the Delhi government - and said it should be taken as a pilot for other regions to address "rising national health emergency".
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched the 'clean air campaign' to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
Under the campaign, 70 teams comprising officials from various government agencies will fan out and monitor causes of pollution and initiate remedial measures, including on-the- spot penal action against serious polluters.
Terming the campaign a "much-needed step", Greenpeace India said it was a welcome step considering severity of air pollution in Delhi-NCR. "As a country we are well past the stage of discussing what may have caused this nation-wide airpocalypse," it said.
"Air pollution is not a problem that afflicts just Delhi-NCR but also all states across India and specifically northern India.
"The clock is ticking and to deal with the issue, the government needs to bring the draft National Clean Air Program in public domain and should start taking comprehensive, systematic and time bound actions to curb air pollution levels as soon as possible," said Sunil Dahiya, Senior Campaigner Greenpeace India.
He said this should be a major step towards curbing air pollution across the country as both the central and the state government have started coming on a common platform and are discussing the issue in public domain.
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