Draft National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

 Draft NCAP:
  • The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released draft of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) proposing multiple strategies to reduce air pollution.
  • It aims to tackle increasing air pollution problem across country in comprehensive manner.
  • The goal of NCAP is to meet prescribed annual average ambient air quality standards at all locations in country in a stipulated time frame.
  • However it does not mention of any specific target and time frame.
  • Under NCAP, the MoEFCC plans to take host of measures to bring down air pollution.
Objectives of the NCAP:
  • Augment and evolve effective and proficient ambient air quality monitoring network across country to ensure comprehensive and reliable database.
  • To have efficient data dissemination and public outreach mechanism for timely measures for prevention and mitigation of air pollution.
  • To have feasible management plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution.
Measures to be taken by MoEFCC under NCAP:
  • Under proposed NCAP, the MoEFCC will augment air quality monitoring network, identification of alternative technology for real-time monitoring, set up of 10 city super network, indoor air pollution monitoring and management and air pollution health impact studies.
  • Other measures under it also includes air quality forecasting system, issuance of notification on dust management, three-tier mechanism for review, assessment and inspection for implementation and national emission inventory.

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