Date: 11th June, 2019
Venue: Fortune Murali Park, Vijayawada
On 11th June, 2019, Centre for Science and Environment and the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) jointly organized an orientation conclave in Vijayawada to deliberate on creation of next generation strategies for clean air in the the five non-attainment cities of Andhra Pradesh including Vijayawada, Kurnool, Guntur, Nellore and Visakhapatnam. Led by Mr Neerabh Kumar Prasad, Special Chief Secretary, Environment, Forest Science and Technology, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sri. B.S.S Prasad, Chairman, APPCB; and Ms Anumita Roychowdhury, Executive Director-Research and Advocacy, CSE, the event witnessed the participation of over 140 attendees including officials from the Departments of Environment, Transport, State Pollution Control Board, Municipal Corporation, Traffic Police, academic institutions, consultancies, national and regional media.
The deliberations highlighted that urban air quality management would call for time-bound, integrated and multi-sectoral approach along with city specific interventions. Cities would need to share their experiences-both successful and not so successful interventions and measures to manage their air quality. The conclave addressed three key areas which call for policy and technological intervention in the state. A regime to ensure that emissions from on-road vehicles remain under check, management of emissions from dispersed area sources like municipal solid waste and construction and demolition waste and the road map for electric vehicle deployment and adoption in the state. A regime to ensure that emissions from on-road vehicles remain under check, management of emissions from dispersed area sources like municipal solid waste and construction and demolition waste and the road map for electric vehicle deployment and adoption across Indian cities.
This conclave was the first in a series of dialogues to follow. With such conclaves we hope to enable knowledge sharing to build capacity, design advanced strategies and strengthen implementation for cleaner air