Govt. to focus on construction and demolition waste management rules by march: Prakash Javadekar

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New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): The Centre will come up with rules on construction and demolition waste management by next month as a solution to reduce air pollution caused by construction dust, union minister for environment, forest and climate change, Prakash Javadekar said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.

“For the first time in India, we will come with separate rules for construction and demolition, hazardous, plastic and solid waste management rules,” said Javadekar while inaugurating a global summit on ‘Smart Cities-Smart India,’ organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

“We are bringing out all waste management rules in next 30-40 days one-by-one,” he added.

Javadekar also said that almost 20 percent of pollution and dust in India’s all major cities is caused to due to construction debris and dirt.

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“Unless we change all organs of governance and all aspects of life, our cities, rural areas and even citizens will not become smart,” said the minister.

On the issue of pollution, Javadekar said that while entire nation had been debating about Delhi’s odd and even scheme, Modi government took the decision to leapfrog to Euro-VI standards of emissions, vehicles and fuel norms by 2020.

“The government is investing Rs 60,000 crore to improve quality of fuel and it will be ready with fuel of Euro VI norms by 2019, it is the real game changer as it is a permanent remedy to reduce vehicular pollution,” he said.

Javadekar also said that the Centre along with Punjab and Haryana governments has managed to reduce 35 percent of stubble burning in the first year which used to add to pollution in Delhi-NCR.

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Talking about government’s flagship Smart Cities’ campaign, the union minister said, “It is a sustainable city campaign, it is about rebuilding the whole country with a fresh outlook, with people’s participation, private and public investment, it will ensure that India grows to its real potential.”

“We are sure that in 10 years we are going to make a real difference to our cities, rural areas and islands,” he said.

Recalling his recent trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Javadekar batted for developing uninhabited islands from tourism perspective. “There is such a huge development potential for tourism, forestry, fisheries and others, as such our government has now decided for island development.”

“Had we developed even few of such islands there would not have been Phuket, Langkawi and other such globally famous tourist spots,” he added. (ANI)

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