Environment Ministry introduces NCAP to combat air pollution
07/06/2019 17:16

Prakash Javadekar, the Union Environment Minister, at an event in New Delhi stressed that ‘Jan Bhagidari’ is integral towards mitigating air pollution and protecting the environment in general. The event was organized on World Environment Day. This year’s theme is ‘Air Pollution’.

Javadekar said that a host of initiatives have been taken in past five years which are now showing results. “While poor air quality days which was 246 in the year 2014 have now come down below 200, the number of moderate to good air quality days have increased from just 108 in 2016 to 159 in 2018”.

Javadekar further said that the incidents of stubble burning has reduced by 25-30 per cent and also stressed that by 2020 India will leapfrog to BSVI from the current BSIV fuel standards.

In order to combat air pollution, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has launched the National Clean Air programme (NCAP) which is a mid-term 5 Year Action Plan with targets of 20-30 per cent reduction of PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentration in 102 cities. It has been decided that each SPCB will tie up with a leading academic institution in the State that would act as the technical partner at the State level for the programme.