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‘Green crematoria pyres in Delhi to mitigate air pollution’: Dr Harsh Vardhan

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Calling up for a comprehensive plan for institutionalized ‘Green Good Deed’ the Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated four pyres of the Green Crematoria at Delhi’s Nigam Bodh Ghat Crematorium along with three new pyres run by Indraprastha Gas Limited.

Air pollution has become a grave problem in India with more than 120 cities falling under the non-attainment category as per the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

“Exceedingly high concentration of air emissions with respect to particulate matter, and other harmful gases have been measured in regions around the crematoria. To address the high localized toxic emissions from crematoria, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute(NEERI) has developed technological know-how to mitigate air pollution from Open Pyre Green Crematoria’s”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said.

According to an official release, Dr. Harsh Vardhan called for a comprehensive plan for institutionalized ‘Green Good Deed’ at the venue. He said with such green initiatives, a lot can be achieved in improving the air pollution index in the national capital, and scientists from CSIR-NEERI can play a major role in that and informed that the Central Government has already been working for improving the air quality index in 120 cities across the country.

Delhi has about 56 traditional cremation grounds where Hindus cremate bodies by burning massive piles of firewood in the open, billowing out clouds of black smoke into the sky.

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