Ministry for Environment approves regional project

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, at a meeting of the National Steering Committee on Climate Change held in Delhi, approved a regional project for farmers in an effort to reduce stubble burning.

Harsh Vardhan, Environment and Forest Minister, said that dust pollution is a major cause of pollution in Delhi and the ministry is working to tackle it in a scientific manner.

“The first phase of the project has been approved at a cost of around 100 Crore rupees for the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan,” an official said.

The project not only aims to mitigate climate change impacts and enhance adaptive capacity, but also counter the adverse environmental impacts that arise from stubble burning.

During the past two months, levels of pollution in New Delhi and its outskirts have been increased, affecting air quality and visibility.

Pollution in Delhi gets aggravated during winter months. People burn agricultural waste to clear cropland, which contributes to the choking of already polluted air.

Authorities in New Delhi government attributed stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring states as the reason for increased pollution and smog. The deadly smog chocks air causing breathlessness and lung difficulties, besides badly affecting visibility.