NCAP National Clean Air Programme put a hardline for the national environment ministry. Let’s move to understand the report submitted to the central ministry. It could be an alarming note for the current and future governments. What NCAP found where the improvements are required from the central government.

Since it asked to bring, first of all, a few but certain steps that should be highly effective roadmap consequently breath safe in the nation.

The environment ministry targets 35% reduction of air pollution in the next three years for 100 identified cities across India.

They have formulated a long-term strategy to fight the menace through a National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).



 What is National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)?

The programme focuses on the target with the specific time frame. It is focused to reduce various pollutants in cities including Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Nagpur, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Agra, and Chandigarh. The cities will have their own city-specific action plans, like the one in Delhi, under the NCAP.

Their target is 35% reduction of air pollution in the next three years. It focuses on 50% reduction in the next five years.



How do NCAP works?

It focuses on tackling pollution from various sources. It identified power, transport, industry, residential and agriculture sectors as the key contributors which make air toxic. They set up a multi-layered framework to meet the air pollution targets in the 100 cities under the NCAP.

Delhi has already been notified a Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP) by the government. It will roll out the national plan for the remaining cities.



Objective of NCAP

Union minister Harsh Vardhan says that “The government has a separate NCAP as a long-term national level strategy. It is to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country “.

NCAP plan for prevention, control, and abatement of air pollution. Thereby augmenting and evolving effective air quality monitoring network across the country.

NCAP target steps to achieve breathable air across the country.  CPCB and environment ministry along with other ministries came up with a detailed action plan and inform the public.

It focuses on increasing number of monitoring stations and data dissemination. It involves public participation in planning and implementation. They set up Air Information Center for data analysis.

Indian Government has given ETA and timelines for completion of their project. It has increased the Continous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations(CAAQMS) from 84 to 268.

It is important to have all discussions and documents of NCAP in the public domain. They should be informed of the planning process. The progress made through press briefings and other channels should be informed to the public.

The environment ministry launched a pilot project for its clean-up and development.


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