National Clean Air Programme to be modified

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  • September 3, 2020
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National Clean Air Programme to be modified

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Pollution & Climate Change

In news

  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to modify the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) 
  • NCAP proposes 20-30% reduction of air pollution by 2024.

Key takeaways

NGT’s directions

  • Deadline to reduce air pollution by 20-30% by 2024 needs to be reduced.
  • Increase the target of reduction.
  • Review the action in terms of shift to e-vehicles and CNG vehicles, intensifying public transport systems, mechanical cleaning of roads, improvement in fuel quality, etc.
  • Ensure the assessment and installation of the requisite number of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Systems within six months.

Important value additions


  • It was launched by the MoEFCC in January 2019.
  • It is the first-ever effort in India to frame a national framework for air quality management with a time-bound reduction target.
  • It seeks to cut the concentration of PM10 and PM2.5 by at least 20% in the next five years, with 2017 as the base year for comparison.
  • The plan includes 102 non-attainment cities, across 23 states and Union territories,
  • They were identified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on the basis of their ambient air quality data between 2011 and 2015.

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