Bengaluru joins the ‘BreatheLife Campaign’

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BreatheLife is a campaign of the WHO, UN Environment, and CCAC (Climate & Clean Air Coalition)

It will help mobilize cities and people to bring air pollution to safe levels by 2030 to protect our health & climate

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The campaign also provides a platform for cities to share best practices and demonstrate progress in their journey

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It educates people about the burden air pollution poses to our health and our climate as well

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Bengaluru commits to reducing air pollution in various key sectors by joining the campaign

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The key sectors being transport, municipal solid waste, industry and energy production

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Being the fastest growing major metropolis in India, Bengaluru has to face several challenges including...

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...traffic congestion, sustainable infrastructure and transportation planning and clean municipal waste management

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To tackle them, Bengaluru has come up with a number of ways like:

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Producing the first electric vehicle strategy in the country

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Source-segregating 50 per cent of its solid waste

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Giving pedestrians and cyclists greater priority

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Expanding its metro system

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Working on a master plan that will guide the city’s development and expansion

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“I would like to commit our full support and endorse the goals of BreatheLife,” Mayor of Bangalore Gangambike Mallikarjun said

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The Government of Karnataka has plans to introduce close to 3,000 electric buses in the state within the next three years

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The city’s Government has also drawn up detailed plans to construct bicycle lanes on over 100km of roads

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The city is also focused on better management of its solid waste, a significant quantity of which is currently burnt

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Air quality in the city is continuously monitored by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board

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“With the help and support of Central and State Government along with public participation, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike promises to do its best to meet the goals of BreatheLife,” Mayor added.