US embassy workshop in Lucknow to discuss air pollution

Lucknow, May 24 (IANS) The US embassy is holding a workshop here on May 25-26 on combating air pollution in north India with a view to strengthen collaboration between American and Indian air quality experts, an official said on Tuesday.

The two-day workshop is being organised by the Research Triangle International of the US in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Delhi.

It’s part of a series of such events organised by the US embassy in India beginning May 17.

The workshops, said a US embassy statement, “support President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to develop cooperative efforts to study the effects of air pollution”.

“The objective of these workshops is to provide a forum to initiate and strengthen collaboration between US and Indian air quality experts, consider best practices to combat air pollution in North India, and build consensus and strategy for follow-on action,” the statement said.

The event is scheduled to be attended by Uttar Pradesh’s Principal Secretary (Environment) Sanjiv Saran, officials of the state Pollution Control Board and Jonathan Kessler, an official of the US embassy.

–IANS

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