National Pollution Control Day 2020: What, Why and Theme

Sakshi Sharma
Dec 02, 2020 05:29 IST
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This National Pollution Control Day, and here's why pollution control needs to be observed every single day by everyone!

National Pollution Control Day is marked on 2nd December every year in India. It is observed on this day after the Bhopal Gas Tragedy struck on the night of 2-3 December in 1984. It is a day to raise awareness about the increasing problems of pollution. 

10 years before the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was established to curb the problems of pollution. But when the Bhopal disaster happened, it has been recorded that almost 3,788 people were killed and 5,74,366 were injured because of the exposure to the Methyl isocyanate. The gas was leaked in the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant. It was observed that many necessary actions have to be taken towards the problems of pollution. 

Hence this day honors those people in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and also awareness is raised towards the air, water, soil, and noise pollution caused because of human negligence. The day is also about educating people on what are the preventive measures that can be taken, how to avoid industrial disasters, and also what other types of pollution control are necessary.

The recent stats put India on the world map as 21 cities of India out of 30 cities of the world are the most polluted cities, and also 13 cities of India out 20 cities of the world are with the highest annual air pollution in India. 

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