BREAKING NEWS: In a review meeting led by Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav, RP Gupta, Secretary, Environment Ministry said, “our effort is to reduce air pollution, meet the old standard first, and then the (new) WHO guidelines.”
The review meeting also sought clarification from the environment ministers of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi about measures adopted to control air pollution in their states, especially related to stubble burning.
The meeting was held in the backdrop of the new WHO Global Air Quality guidelines released on Wednesday which lowered the recommended levels of pollutants safe for human health. Earlier, a PM2.5 concentration of 25 micrograms per cubic metre in a 24-hour period was considered safe while now a concentration of over 15 micrograms is not safe. With the new guidelines, almost all parts of India can be deemed polluted as air qyality levels remain below permissible limits throughout the year.