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Will take steps to reduce pollution in Gurugram, says Deputy commissioner

Gururgam: Citing that air pollution is a major challenge in the city and is affecting the health of millions of its resident, Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh has said that a framework is being designed wherein the levels of pollution can be reduced.

On its part, the official said that the immediate measure will be to ensure greening of the areas so that dust pollution can be reduced.

The senior official also said that in the coming month more work will also be done to improve the road and transport infrastructure so that the problem of traffic congestion can be reduced. The public agencies are also planning to involve various citizen groups to make sure that awareness of air pollution is spread to the residents.

A 14-member delegation, led by members of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited the city to hold talks and workshops with local officials of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board as part of a "scoping mission" under the Centre's National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

Among concerns raised during talks were those of adequate funding for cities to implement their plans, lack of robust ambient air quality monitoring systems, and aligning the NCAP's mission with various policies and schemes in other sectors, such as the National Health Mission, and electric mobility policies which have been implemented at both state and central level.

Gurugram was added to the NCAP's updated list of non-attainment cities on June 5. Accordingly, the HSPCB will be required to create city-specific reports and action plans to curb air pollution in both Gurugram and Faridabad. The NCAP is a pollution control initiative launched in January by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC).

The 14-member team, which also included two national experts from IITs in Delhi and Kanpur, will be presenting the findings of their "scoping mission" before the MoEFCC next week.

The delegation met with Kuldeep Singh and Shakti Singh, regional officers (Gurugram north and south), along with multiple sub-divisional officers. Gurugram was recently declared as the most polluted city in the world by a leading NGO this year.

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