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INR100-Crore Plan to Discourage Crop
Burning, Improve Delhi Air

The government has come up with a plan to discourage crop burning
to improve air quality in Delhi.The plan envisages measures including
creation of fodder banks, composting paddy waste on the farm, involving
unemployed youth for managing field waste and using new machines such
as the Happy Seeder.The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate
Change is spearheading this initiative to discourage crop burning in Punjab,
Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan to ensure that Delhi has cleaner air
in 2018 winter.The programme depends heavily on technological solutions
and the biggest thrust area would be in situ management of crop residue.


Uttar Pradesh is India’s Most Polluted State: Report

With 15 of its cities among 30 cities with highest levels of toxic air in the country, Uttar Pradesh is India’s
most polluted state, says a Greenpeace India report.The report, Airpocalypse II, is based on air pollution
related-data collected from Central and State Pollution Control Boards’ and Committees’ annual reports and
their websites and through applications under Right to Information Act.The report brought out the list of
most polluted cities in the country based on particulate matter data of PM levels for 280 cities during 2016


and in some cases also 2015, covering large parts of the country.


Watershed for Water
Conservation in Rajasthan

New targets have been set for third phase
of the Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan to make
Rajasthan self-reliant in the water sector.
The conservation of water resources will get
the highest priority in the campaign, while
steps will be taken to increase groundwater
level and improve surface water flow in
the watershed projects.The four-year-long
campaign comprises four phases of one
year each, during which various works for
conservation of water resources have been
undertaken across the state.


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