PMC signs MoU to study poor air quality

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 12 July 2019

IIPH Director Dileep Mavalankar said, “We will take cognisance of the knowledge on the improvement of air quality and related health impacts by developing a health risk communication plan. It includes an alert system for air pollution levels, interagency coordination structure and measures on information.”

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken an important step of signing an MoU with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH). Both non-profit organisations will study the city’s air quality and make recommendations, on which PMC will take policy decisions.

NRDC is a US-based, non-profit international environmental advocacy group and IIPH is a non-profit organisation and India’s first public health university situated in Gandhinagar.

The PMC held a press conference on Tuesday where Mayor Mukta Tilak and Commissioner Saurabh Rao were also present. 

IIPH Director Dileep Mavalankar said, “We will take cognisance of the knowledge on the improvement of air quality and related health impacts by developing a health risk communication plan. It includes an alert system for air pollution levels, interagency coordination structure and measures on information.”

Tilak said, “Through this policy, we aim to increase the thermal comfort for occupants of buildings, improve productivity and reduce energy usage. ‘Cool Roofs’ save energy and reduce cooling demand in the long run.”

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