The Centre has earmarked Rs 300 crore for implementation of the upcoming National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) for financial year 2018-19 and 2019-20. Overall cost of taking multiple air pollution abatement measures in 102 cities across the country will, however, be much more than what the government has budgeted for next 15 months.
The NCAP is a pan-India national level strategy to tackle increasing air pollution problems in a comprehensive and time-bound manner. The Centre has set a mid-term (five-year) target to reduce air pollution by 20-30% by 2024, taking 2017 as base year.
The initial budgeted amount will primarily be meant for expanding air quality monitoring capacities in states, and setting up national emission inventory and conducting source apportionment studies in cities which are important to identify nationwide pollution hotspots, figuring out exact sources of pollution and conduct its own scientific studies on health effects of air pollution.
“The NCAP has been finalised after consulting experts and stakeholders. It will soon be formally announced by the environment minister Harsh Vardhan,” said an official, adding the ministry has already shared its key points with Parliament during the ongoing winter session. Read More