Dhangekar vows to combat air pollution

dhangekar vows to combat air pollution

Dhangekar vows to combat air pollution

PUNE: An anti-pollution campaign amid the ongoing general elections, led by a nationwide group called ‘Warrior Moms’, has garnered over two lakh calls from citizens across the country.

Further, MVA candidate from Congress for Pune LS seat, Ravindra Dhangekar, on Sunday signed the pledge to fight for combating air pollution in Pune with the group’s representatives at Vetal tekdi.

The campaign, titled ‘Mothers for Clean Air’, is an effort to inform candidates standing for the ongoing polls to make air pollution measures a national issue. Group members ask citizens to leave a missed call on a designated number to show their support to the demand for clean air.

Hema Chari Madabhushi, a representative of the group in Maharashtra, told TOI, “We need actionable policies, effective implementation, and a comprehensive mechanism to govern air quality management at the city level. Group representatives of different cities came together to formulate a pledge for candidates of the LS elections 2024, for them to undertake to protect the country from air pollution.”

She added, “Dhangekar has listened to us and agreed to all demands. We had sent many emails and messages to all candidates before this. It is a big thing for us when a candidate takes the pledge as we can then hold them accountable. We are also planning to approach independent candidate Colonel (retd) Suresh Patil and Vasant More from Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA).”

Vandan Chaudhary, another group member, said, “The dust problem on city roads is a significant concern. The intent behind the NCAP was promising, but implementation has been lacklustre.”

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