Survey reveals 50% citizens unaware that Pune does not meet the national standards for air quality

City based NGOs Parisar and CEE undertook a survey among citizens in Pune to gauge awareness and perceptions about air pollution. The discourse on air pollution is not new for Pune. Pune was listed amongst the most polluted cities in India in 2002 in one of the studies by EPCA (Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control Authority), set up by the Supreme Court to address the air pollution issues in the country. Several measures had been adopted by the city with directives from EPCA like shifting the auto rickshaws in the city from fossil fuel to CNG, implementing an upgraded PUC system, compulsory pre-mixing of 2T oil, among others but there was no long-term plan drawn out to address the air pollution more holistically.

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Elections 2019: What the political parties state about the environment and air quality in their manifestos

Indian National Congress:
Environment and ClimateChange 

Congress promises an action agenda that will place India at the forefront of the battle against global warming and environmental protection. We recognise that air pollution is a national public health emergency and will significantly strengthen the National Clean Air Programme. Forests, wildlife, water bodies, rivers, clean air and coastal zones are precious natural resources that belong to the people and we will protect them. We will set up an independent, empowered and transparent Environment Protection Authority, redefine the role of the Forest Departments and increase our forest cover.