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Ahmedabad, once 4th most polluted city, now 84th: CM

PTI 05 Jun 2014, 23:57:16 IST
Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel here today claimed that due to the state government's efforts, pollution level in Ahmedabad has gone down significantly.

“There was a time when Ahmedabad was ranked as the fourth most polluted city in the country. With consistent efforts, it has been brought down to 84th position,” she said.

Speaking at a function on  the International Environment Day to launch a mass-tree plantation drive, Patel said the pollution should be reduced further to improve the city's ranking.

Clean environment had a direct benefit in the form of a healthy, disease-free future, she said.

The programme in Vatva area involves plantation of 25,000 saplings. But the Chief Minister said “it is not enough to plant saplings; they should be nurtured till they grow to their full height.”

Forest and Environment Minister Ganpat Vasava said “Gujarat is one state which has created a separate Environment Department to deal with the crisis of climate change.”

Minister of State for Law, Pradeepsinsh Jadeja, who hails from Vatva constituency, was also present.