Source: Times of India | Posted on 04 April 2018
Empowering villagers to curb air pollution
CHANDRAPUR: To counter the ever-increasing air pollution menace, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) started a Star Rating Programme in some villages of Chandrapur district recently. Under the scheme, rural people can take initiative and engage with the industry and administration at various levels. Urban centres in Maharashtra see a lot of awareness initiatives regarding this programme but villages, especially those around Chandrapur, are as much affected by the menace of air pollution as the cities.
Programme visited Chhoti Paloti and Chhota Nagpur villages in the Chandrapur district to spread awareness about the issue and how the villagers, especially the youths, can help engage with the administration and industries on the issue of air pollution.
The initiative was led by Prof Suresh Chopane of Green Planet Society and EPIC, India. “Often we forget that villages are the worst hit by this menace of air pollution as most of our initiatives are commonly targeted towards urban centres. Villages too need to take the initiative and need to be made aware and empowered regard tackling the issue,” said Prof Chopane.