Government sets to target 35% pollution cut for 100 Cities: According to the Air Pollution Abatement Programme for 100 polluting cities, the Centre has developed a National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in order to fight against danger by following the long-term strategy. This new initiative has been started as Government sets to target 35% pollution cut for 100 Cities.
Government sets to target 35% pollution cut for 100 Cities
The project mainly aims on target oriented approach with specific time-lines in order to reduce various pollutants in cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Kolkata, Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, and Chandigarh. All of these cities also consist of their own city-specific plans alike Delhi, under the NCAP.
As per the programme, the environment ministry target is to reach 35% reduction in pollution in next three years and 50% reduction in the next 5 years in minimum 100 identified cities across the country.
According to the concept note of this plan, which is approached by Greenpeace India under RTI, which talks about handling pollution from different sources. The organization considers Power, Transport, Industry, Residential and Agriculture sectors as the main contributors for making air toxic.
Effective Measures to Reduce Air Pollution
Here, note talks about developing an effective multi-layered institutional framework in order to meet air pollution reduction targets in all the 100 cities under the NCAP. Currently, Government has already rolled out the national plan for Delhi, it will soon roll out National Plan for all the other cities. Long-term strategy under this plan will also be implemented in Delhi.
Union Environment Minister said, “The government has formulated a separate NCAP as a long-term time-bound national-level strategy to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in comprehensive manner”. In order to provide a response to the question raised by Parliament, the minister said in his response that, “The overall objective of the NCAP is comprehensive management plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution besides augmenting and evolving effective ambient air quality monitoring network across the country”
Environment Minister doesn’t disclose the whole plan, but said, “The NCAP has specific component on formulation of city specific action plans for 100 non-attainment cities”.
A non-attainment city is considered to have air quality worse as compared with the National Air Quality Standards. The list of 100 cities which fall under this category includes Bhopal, Bhilai, Guwahati, Surat, Nashik, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and many more.
Sunil Dahiya, Senior campaigner at Greenpeace India said, “The concept note on the NCAP is a big step in the right direction to achieve breathable air across the country and we hope that the CPCB and environment ministry along with other ministries and departments come up with a detailed action plan soon and inform the public”.
NCAP has made several proposals under the note in order to reduce pollution in the country. These key proposals include an increase in the number of monitoring stations, data dissemination, public participation in planning as well as implementation, setting up of Air Information Center for data analysis and setting up of an updated national emission inventory. All the above proposals will be helpful in order to reduce pollution in the country.
Thus, Government sets to target 35% pollution cut for 100 Cities.