National Pollution Control Day 2020: History, significance and theme

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New Delhi (NVI): The National Pollution Control Day is observed every year on December 2, in remembrance of the disastrous incident of Bhopal Gas Tragedy

The day is also marked to create awareness about the effects of pollution on human beings and its hazardous effects on the environment.

National Pollution Control Day came into existence after the incident of Bhopal Gas Tragedy which took place on December 2, 1984, at the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Madhya Pradesh.

More than 5 lakh people got exposed to the toxic fumes of methyl isocyanate gas and over 3,700 deaths were reported by the government of Madhya Pradesh. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

Apart from raising awareness about the rising pollution of air, water, and soil, this day also shifts the attention of people on managing and controlling industrial disasters and to prevent the pollution produced by industrial processes or human negligence.

In addition, the government has made the National Pollution Control Board (NPCB) that conducts the check on industries whether they followed government guidelines to control pollution or not.

This year, the theme is based on the goal of raising awareness towards the cause of pollution and the ways by which pollution could be decreased in the environment.

It is important that people should bring their attention to the growing concerns of pollution and be aware of the ways that one can contribute to managing pollution threat in our country.

According to a State of Global Air 2020 report, long-term exposure to outdoor and household air pollution contributed to over 1.67 million deaths, across all age groups last year.

-RJV