Hyderabad may get Clean Air Authority, just like Tokyo
The state government is planning to take measures like shifting out polluting industries from residential localities in the city.
The Telangana government is considering to set up a Hyderabad Clean Air Authority to check pollution and promote clean air in the city.
Citing the example of the clean air authority in Tokyo, Telangana Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao said the government was studying the idea.
Noting that Hyderabad has improved compared to some other cities in India in Air Quality Index (AQI), the minister said the state government was planning to take measures like shifting out polluting industries from residential localities in the city.
The minister was replying to a query in the Legislative Assembly on noise pollution in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area.
Earlier, AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi raised the issue of pollution in the Telangana Assembly and asked Municipal Minister Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao to call a meeting to discuss the same.
"Due to the high rise in pollution, the people of Hyderabad are suffering very badly. I also request the municipal ministers to call a meeting to discuss about pollution," Owaisi said.
Telangana Industries Minister Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao replied, "49% of pollution in city is due to vehicles and Hyderabad stands at 24th position in Asia in the pollution scale. But it's a not a thing to be proud about , so we have identified 1,545 industries and will send a notice to them shift out of the Outer Ring Road by providing and helping them with proper infrastructure."