Haryana Chief Minister- Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said the state government is taking several steps to check on the air pollution caused due to vehicular traffic and stubble burning especially in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Briefing the Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to India Kenneth I Juster, who called on CM on Wednesday, Khattar said the State Government is quite serious on the issue of air pollution and have taken several steps in this direction.

The thermal power plants are being converted into green energy plants and much is being done in the area of stubble burning. “We are soon going to launch a fleet of 200 buses of clean fuel in Gurugram under the city bus service scheme”, Khattar said adding that the state government is also promoting CNG filling stations in the state.

The CM said that recently he has dedicated Haryana’s first civil airport at Hisar to the people of the state. The state government plans to develop an aero space manufacturing hub at Hisar for which the Pratt and Whitney, an American aerospace manufacturer with global service operations could provide its technology and expertise.

He said that during his visit to USA in 2015, the Pratt and Whitney has shown interest in developing Research and Development (R&D) facilities in the state.

Juster said that exchange of technology and expertise would further help strengthening the bilateral relations between USA and India and particularly Haryana.

It was informed in the meeting on Wednesday Haryana is at number one position in many spheres. In terms of Ease of Doing Business ranking, Haryana is the top state in the northern region and third ranked state in the entire country. Owing to its proximity to the national capital Delhi,

Haryana is home to various leading national and international companies. Apart from this, the Haryana has highest per capita income amongst the big States except Goa and Delhi which are releatively smaller states. It was also informed that a global city is being developed in Gurugram, adjacent to Delhi over 1200 acres of land.

In addition, five cities on different themes are proposed to be developed alongwith the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in NCR.

The state government has also taken several other pathbreaking initiatives including Saksham Yuva Scheme to provide 100 hour guaranteed work to the educated unemployed youth.

Appreciating the measures being taken for keeping a check on the air pollution, Juster offered all technological expertise to effectively deal with pollution.