Air-O-Thon, the 2nd Series of an International Summit to address the issue of Air Pollution was organized by Prospurs Pte. Ltd. and Indian Pollution Control Association at Hotel Holiday Inn, Mayur Vihar, Delhi in last week. Society for Indoor Environment, which is the outcome of 1st Air-O-Thon was launched by Shri Ritesh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India. The Society for Indoor Environment is formed by the experts from all the esteemed organizations in India, including IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IIT Madras, CSIR NEERI, Environment Management Centre, Mumbai, Indian Pollution Control Association, Delhi University, PGI Chandigarh to remain foremost source of technical knowledge on Indoor Environment Quality, main stream IEQ in education, influence national policies, regulations and standards on IEQ and bring diverse stakeholders together on the common platform and develop collectively holistic solutions.

Speaking during the seminar Shri Ritesh Singh, said, the Ministry will launch program soon which will double the Monitoring Station by the next year to improve the Air Quality measuring Standard. Ministry identified 100 Cities to benchmark the Air Quality Standard and committed for best action plan. Shri Singh also informed about the Ministry’s initiative “Harit Diwali Swach Diwali” under this initiative every day 200 Kids are taking participation in their office complex Prayavaran Bhawan.

Ministry is very very much serious about the awareness for Air Quality specially during Diwali Festival and will take proper coordination with district level administration to minimize the Crackers burning, he said during the summit.

Dr. Prasad Modak President EMC & SIE said “Today both outdoor and Indoor Air quality are area of great concern. In India Indoor air quality is not monitored nor regulated, to tackle this problem however we need a stakeholder driven approach that requires a consultation and participating approach. Events Likes Air-O-Thon provides very good industry engaging platform and institution like SIE, help in establishing knowledge network that help in formulating policies and action plans.”

The Society of Indoor Environment (SIE) is a fantastic beginning which is going to provide a national level platform where industry key stake holders can work together towards the improvement of indoor Air quality in India, Dr. Mukesh Khare, Professor IIT Delhi Said.
Air pollution is one of the serious threats to the population residing in cities across the world. Metros in India like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore are choked today with air pollutants, especially the particulate matter. The solution to the problem of urban air pollution is not easy and needs to be tackled by involving all the key stakeholders apart from the local government. Policies backed with emission regulations, planning measures and strict enforcement play important role.

Mr. Vishal Jain, CEO, Aerate Healthcare Solution Said “We believe that healthy air should be available to everyone. Big Cities are choking and have become hazardous to breathe. We want to restore the balance between us and nature. We do this by creating products that mimic nature and by providing solutions that add value to “Society and People” improving their health, livelihood and create better future for our generations”

Industry Experts & Speakers discussed strategic matter such as design and development of air pollution control systems, air quality monitoring and its management, effects of air pollutants on health problems related to vehicular pollution, role and significance of continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS) in industrial and other sectors, in addition to other problems arising out of air pollution.

There were experts from CPCB, IIT Delhi, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, CSIR-NEERI, IIT Madras, MNIT Jaipur, University College of Medical Science, Delhi University, EMC Mumbai, IAQA India Chapter, TERI, IPCA, Citizen Environment Improvement Society, Industries including Quality Needles, Humidin, Aerate Health Care Solution, Chakra Innovation, who have shared their knowledge, experience, concerns, technologies and solutions and set up a momentum to fight with the issue of air pollutions.

The organizers of Air-O-Thon will prepare a recommendation document as the outcome of the summit and will present to concern Ministries and Departments.