May 26, 2019 | 8:00 PM IST

NCAP to clean air pollution in 102 cities in multiple timelines

Air pollution is gradually getting a serious environmental and health concern in India. Therefore, looking at the present condition, the Centre is all set to come out with a comprehensive plan to reduce air pollution level in 102 cities across the country in a time-bound manner. The plan is expected to have three timelines to gradually reduce pollution and bring it down by 70 to 80% in next 10 years.
Under the three timelines of 3 years, 5 years, and 10 years, air pollution in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru, Allahabad, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Kanpur, Patna, Jaipur, and Hyderabad will be reduced by 35%, 50%, and 70-80%, respectively. "Earlier, we had two timelines (3 years and 5 years). But now, we'll put the third one (10 years) in the upcoming NCAP. It (the targets) is our expectations. We'll send it to states, asking them to frame their own city-specific plan to fullfil those expectations," said Union environment secretary CK Mishra.
Asked about delay in bringing out the final NCAP, Mishra said, "We'll release it around August 15. It may be delayed for a few more days, but we are planning to do it around that time. There will be financial implication of such plan and therefore we have been working out those details." The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to plans to implement pollution control measures through various sources such as power plants, industry, transport, residential, and agricultural sectors and establishing number of manual air quality monitoring stations, CAAQMS (Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations),  from 703 to 1000 stations across the country for data analysis, interpretation, and dissemination through GIS platforms.

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