National Clean Air Programme (NCAP): Launched by MEFC to tackle air-pollution

The Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in order to reduce toxic particular matters by 2024 starting from this year.

He also shared his twitter clip, as shown below:

The National Clean Air Programme is a mid-term five-year plan which aims at producing actions for prevention, control, and eradication of air-pollution. It also aims to strengthen the air-quality monitoring and awareness among the people across the country.

This Plan will be conducted by the collaboration and coordination between central Ministries, State Governments, and local bodies.

The Environment Ministry has also announced a budget of ₹300 crore for two years to tackle air pollution across 102 cities in the country, informed by the Central Pollution Control Board. The plans are also made for the specific cities for not attaining the required measures to be pollution-free

The Smart Cities programme will be used to launch the NCAP in the 43 smart cities falling in the list of the 102 non-attainment cities.

The Program will be implemented to and organised through various inter-sectoral groups including Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, 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, CPCB, experts from the industry, academia, and civil society.

The Program will also perform actions to increase the number of monitoring stations in the country, it will also emphasize on awareness, setting up of certification agencies for monitoring equipment, source apportionment studies, emphasis on enforcement, and specific sectoral intervention

Sectoral working groups, national level Project Monitoring Unit, Project Implementation Unit, state-level project monitoring unit, city level review committee under the Municipal Commissioner and DM level Committee in the Districts will also be constituted under NCAP for effective implementation and success of the programme.

“The NCAP is envisaged to be dynamic and will continue to evolve based on the additional scientific and technical information as they emerge,” the Environment minister said.

“Institutional framework at Centre and state-level comprising the apex committee at the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change in the Centre and at Chief Secretary Level in states are to be constituted,” the release said.

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