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Govt rejects study report on pollution in India

M Post Bureau
New Delhi: Government on Wednesday rejected studies of WHO and Yale University which talked about India and its cities being among the most polluted, asserting that the parameters for determining air pollution were not considered by them.
Environment minister Prakash Javadekar said pollution is caused by many factors and the survey took cognisance of only air pollution and that is why India’s ranking in Yale University report has come down.
‘Actually, there are 20 indicators to judge pollution like access to drinking water, access to sanitation, waste water treatment, agricultural subsidies, pesticides regulation, change in forest cover, coastal shelf forest pressure, fish stalks, etc.
‘So, this ranking which you are citing is not based on all these parameters...The survey of Yale University was also done from the satellite and there was no ground proof,’ he said, replying a question of BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab.
Appreciating concerns expressed by members, the minister said no one should forget that vehicle population has grown from eight crore on roads to 16 crore vehicles on roads. So, it has doubled in 10 years.
Javadekar said India needed upgradation of diesel, which is a different decision, besides required to give more emphasis to public transport and such things.

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