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Govt. seeks city-level plans for clean air; National Clean Air Programme;
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March 16, 2020

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Govt. seeks city-level plans for clean air

Ministry of Environment has asked for city-level plans for the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) as these problems need to be dealt with at the local level.

Concern:

  • 342 out of 700 industries inspected by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have been found violating environmental norms and causing pollution in the last four years.
  • The CPCB had carried out inspections for verification of compliance to environmental norms between April 2016 and March 2020.

National Clean Air Programme:

  • The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) is envisaged as a scheme to provide the States and the Centre with a framework to combat air pollution.
  • The National Clean Air Programme is a pollution control initiative that was launched by the Ministry of Environment.

Aim of NCAP:

  • The main aim of the programme would be 20-30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024.

Cities that fall under the Scheme:

  • 102 cities from 23 States and UTs have been chosen as non-attainment cities.
  • With the exception of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, most of those chosen are tier two cities.
  • Maharashtra tops the list with 17 cities in the list, including Pune and Nagpur, while Uttar Pradesh is second with 15 cities chosen, including Lucknow and Varanasi.

Details of the scheme:

  • The programme is expected to be a collaboration between the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, NITI Aayog, and Central Pollution Control Board.
  • The NCAP will be a mid-term, five-year action plan with 2019 as the first year.
  • The programme would take 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration.

 [Ref: The Hindu, PIB]

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