CII – UCOST 10th Environment Summit focuses on Improving Air Quality, Making Cities Cleaner & Leading Healthier Lives
02 Day’s Environment Summit 2019 has been started at Hotel Madhuban, Dehradun during 3rd June, 2019, jointly organized by UCOST & CII Uttarakhand State Council . Shri Harak Singh Rawat, Cabinet Minster, Govt. of Uttarakhand was the chief guest of the inaugural Session.
Uttarakhand’s Ecology is a blessing to the whole Country: Shri Harak Singh Rawat
Delivering the inaugural address at the CII – UCOST Environment Summit today, Shri Harak Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Minister Environment, Uttarakhand said that the State of Uttarakhand is giving selfless service to the nation by conserving its ecology. He expressed that the way we are good in conserving our tigers, we must also look at ways and means to stop forest fires and plant species of trees like banyan & peepal that gives more oxygen, conserve more water and absorb more carbon dioxide. He further opined that for improving air quality it is also important to replace old trees with new ones.
The annual CII –UCOST summit, 10th in the series commenced today at Dehradun on the occasion of World Environment Day with the theme “Improving Air Quality, Making Cities Cleaner & Leading Healthier Lives”. The deliberations at the Day 1 of the summit dwelled upon the impact of Air Pollution on Health & Air Pollution Monitoring, Compliances and Regulations & Practices in line with this year’s global environment day theme “Air Pollution”. Day 2 of the summit will focus on effective waste management.
Dr Rajendra Dobhal, Director General UCOST while delivering his theme address said vehicular pollution causes release of heavy metals in air and inhaling such air causes severe health diseases. He mentioned that staying in a compact air conditioned environment for a longer duration leads to more hazardous diseases. He appreciated the fact that some of the industries as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility are doing really good work by planting lakhs of trees which will help in improving the air quality.
Mr Mukesh Goyal, Chairman, CII Uttarakhand State Council, said that Air pollution in Uttarakhand is on the rise and if we compare Dehradun itself the pollution level is only slightly better than Delhi. He further urged that as citizens we all can make small contributions for improving our air quality by doing few simple things: Stop burning Waste/Dry Leaves, Use more of public Transport, especially for School going kids, Using bicycles for commuting to nearby places, Car-pooling, Planting Trees wherever possible, More use of inverters over DG Sets & Timely servicing of our vehicles.
Mr Rakesh Oberai, Past Chairman & Convener Panel on Environment, CII Uttarakhand State Council in his welcome address mentioned that CII has been organising this summit since last 10 years jointly with UCOST addressing issues related to Environment & Sustainability.
Delivering the concluding remarks at the Inaugural, Mr Ashok Windlass, Vice Chairman CII Uttarakhand State Council said that the impact of Air Pollution is being felt in a State of Uttarakhand which is rich in its Green cover and the issue needs to be addressed collectively and on priority.
The first plenary session focused on Impact of Air Pollution on Health and was moderated by Dr Rajendra Dobhal. Experts from Public Health System, Private Health System and Occupational Health and Safety Professional from Industry shared their views. The second plenary session focused on Air Pollution Monitoring, Compliances, Regulations & Practices and was moderated by Mr Gajendra Singh, Co- Convener, Panel on Environment & Sustainability. Experts from CII- ITC Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development (CESD), Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) & Industry shared their views. The summit was well attended by over 100 delegates from Industry, Institutions, Academia, NGO’s and experts in the area of Environment and addressed by more than 15 experts.