Saturday July 20, 2019

UP Highways to Have Herbal Ayurvedic Plants to Improve Air Quality

Mashparni's benefits include boosting body energy, strengthening muscles and increasing sperm count. Neem is known as an air purifier and disinfectant

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Health experts said that one of the prime reasons for unfit India is shrinking open air and shrinking Ayurveda plantations. Wikimedia Commons

The national and state highways in Uttar Pradesh will soon have clean and bacteria-free air as the Yogi Adityanath government is planning to plant herbal Ayurvedic plants along the highways in the state to improve air quality and also promote Ayurveda.

According to Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya who also heads the PWD Department, Uttar Pradesh is on its way to becoming the first state to implement the plan which is an extension of the Ayushman Bharat Yojna.

A pilot project has been launched in 18 districts. The project aims at curbing the growth of non-native species such as cacti and bonsai in homes, offices and parks, and promoting plants mentioned in the Ayurveda system of medicine.

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According to Ayurveda experts, the benefits of brahmi include sharpness of memory and ashvagandha has been in use for general wellness and helps in fighting depression and high blood sugar. Wikimedia Commons

A pilot initiative has already been implemented on busy stretches of the Delhi-Yamunotri state highway 57 in Saharanpur, Ashapur-Sarnath in Varanasi, Panchkosi-Parikrama in Ayodhya, Gorakhpur-Deoria, Aligarh-Mathura highway via Keshavdham and the Banda-Bahraich highway in Chitrakoot.

A senior official in the PWD Department said that plants like turmeric (haldi which is used in cooking and is known for its anti-bacterial properties), brahmi, ashvagandha, anantmula, janofa, mashparni, saptparni, tulsi and jal meem are among the 34 herb varieties that have been identified for plantation along the highways.

According to Ayurveda experts, the benefits of brahmi include sharpness of memory and ashvagandha has been in use for general wellness and helps in fighting depression and high blood sugar.

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Yogi Adityanath government is planning to plant herbal Ayurvedic plants along the highways in the state to improve air quality and also promote Ayurveda. Wikimedia Commons

Mashparni’s benefits include boosting body energy, strengthening muscles and increasing sperm count. Neem is known as an air purifier and disinfectant.

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Health experts said that one of the prime reasons for unfit India is shrinking open air and shrinking Ayurveda plantations. Doctor D.K. Srivastava, an Ayurveda and Yoga expert, said: “There is a need for herbal-rich gardens to naturally improve the health quality. Asthma, cancer and skin diseases are growing despite hospitals and availability of doctors.

“The cure is possible with help of these herbs. For centuries, Indians have used these Ayurveda herbs, either as condiments in cooking or to cure diseases.” (IANS)

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Experts Around Globe Share Ways To Combat Air Pollution

"India needs to initiate and implement strategies to tackle the deadly air pollution. The need is to adopt an integrated approach with solutions that provide real impact." Pixabay

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The three-day workshop, organised by the North India Office of the US Embassy in collaboration with not-for-profit RTI International, is aimed at sharing the US best practices in combating air pollution to reduce emissions of fine-particulate matter and other pollutants in North India. Pixabay

Indian and American experts will chalk out strategies to combat air pollution caused by crop burning, vehicular emission and construction dust at a workshop that began, here on Thursday.

The three-day workshop, organised by the North India Office of the US Embassy in collaboration with not-for-profit RTI International, is aimed at sharing the US best practices in combating air pollution to reduce emissions of fine-particulate matter and other pollutants in North India.

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“Based on the 2016 Global Burden of Disease estimates, about 1.6 million deaths per year in India have been attributed to air pollution,” the release quoted him as saying. Pixabay

It will focus on strategies to minimise emissions, behavioural changes for accepting new alternatives, adoption of tools for estimation of emissions and air quality impacts, enhancing involvement of the private sector and the public as part of the change and developing an integrated regulatory approach.

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“India needs to initiate and implement strategies to tackle the deadly air pollution. The need is to adopt an integrated approach with solutions that provide real impact.” Pixabay

Prakash Doraiswamy, Principal Air Quality Scientist at RTI International, said several north Indian cities rank among the top 25 cities in the world with fine particle (PM 2.5) concentrations 10-17 times higher than World Health Organisation’s guidelines, as per the World Global Ambient Air Quality Database (2018).

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“Based on the 2016 Global Burden of Disease estimates, about 1.6 million deaths per year in India have been attributed to air pollution,” the release quoted him as saying.

“India needs to initiate and implement strategies to tackle the deadly air pollution. The need is to adopt an integrated approach with solutions that provide real impact,” he said.  (IANS)