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Government launches National Clean Air Programme : Odisha’sBhubneshwar Cuttack Rourkela Talcher city inducted

Newdelhi:10/1/19: Air pollution is one of the biggest global environmental challenges of today. A time bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner in the form of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was today launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi.

“Collaborative and participatory approach involving relevant Central Ministries, State Governments, local bodies and other Stakeholders with focus on all sources of pollution forms the crux of the Programme.” said the Union Environment Minister.Dr Harsh Vardhan further informed that taking into account the available international experiences and national studies, the tentative national level target of 20%–30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024 is proposed under the NCAP taking 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration. “Overall objective of the NCAP is comprehensive mitigation actions for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution besides augmenting the air quality monitoring network across the country and strengthening the awareness and capacity building activities.” the minister further added.

CEO NITI Aayog , Shri Amitabh Kant who was also present at the launch said that NCAP is a path breaking initiative and one of the most critical and most significant programme as it addresses one of the most alarming challenges of urbanization i.e. air pollution. “Today cities occupy just 3% of the land, but contribute to 82% of GDP and responsible for 78% of Carbon dioxide emissions; cities though are engines of growth and equity but they have to be sustainable and it is in this context that NCAP being a very inclusive program holds special relevance.” said Shri Kant.

The NCAP will be a mid-term, five-year action plan with 2019 as the first year. However, the international experiences and national studies indicate that significant outcome in terms of air pollution initiatives are visible only in the long-term, and hence the programme may be further extended to a longer time horizon after a mid-term review of the outcomes. The approach for NCAP includes collaborative, multi-scale and cross-sectoral coordination between the relevant central ministries, state governments and local bodies. Dovetailing of the existing policies and programmes including the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and other initiatives of Government of India in reference to climate change will be done while execution of NCAP.

There will be use of the Smart Cities program to launch the NCAP in the 43 smart cities falling in the list of the 102 non-attainment cities. The NCAP is envisaged to be dynamic and will continue to evolve based on the additional scientific and technical information as they emerge. The NCAP will be institutionalized by respective ministries and will be organized through inter-sectoral groups, which include, Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, NITI Aayog, CPCB, experts from the industry, academia, and civil society. The program will partner with multilateral and bilateral international organizations, and philanthropic foundations and leading technical institutions to achieve its outcomes.

City specific action plans are being formulated for 102 non-attainment cities identified for implementing mitigation actions under NCAP. Cities have already prepared action plans in consultation with CPCB. Institutional Framework at Centre and State Level comprising of Apex Committee at the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change in the Centre and at Chief Secretary Level in the States are to be constituted.

In addition, sectoral working groups, national level Project Monitoring Unit, Project Implementation Unit, state level project monitoring unit, city level review committee under the Municipal Commissioner and DM level Committee in the Districts are to be constituted under NCAP for effective implementation and success of the Programme.

Other features of NCAP include, increasing number of monitoring stations in the country including rural monitoring stations, technology support, emphasis on awareness and capacity building initiatives, setting up of certification agencies for monitoring equipment, source apportionment studies, emphasis on enforcement, specific sectoral interventions etc.

The launch ceremony was attended by more than 150 participants representing central and state governments, industries, national & international organizations, Universities and research institutes from across the country.

The list of 102 cities chosen for this intervention is as follows:

Non-Attainment cities with respect to Ambient Air Quality India
(2011-2015) and WHO report 2014/2018

 

Sl. No State Cities Sl. No Cities
1 Andhra Pradesh
Guntur
Kurnool
Nellore
Vijaywada
Vishakhapatnam
2 Assam
Guwahati
Nagaon
Nalbari
Sibsagar
Silchar
3 Chandigarh
Chandigarh
4 Chattisgarh
Bhillai
Korba
Raipur
5 Delhi
Delhi
6 Gujarat
Surat
Ahmedabad
7 Himachal Pradesh
Baddi
Damtal
Kala Amb
Nalagarh
Paonta Sahib
Parwanoo
Sunder Nagar
8 Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu
Srinagar
9 Jharkhand
Dhanbad
10 Karnataka
Bangalore
Devanagere
Gulburga
Hubli-Dharwad
11 Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal
Dewas
Indore
Sagar
Ujjain
Gwalior
12 Maharashtra
Akola
Amravati
Aurangabad
Badlapur
Chandrapur
Jalgaon
Jalna
Kolhapur
Latur
Mumbai
Nagpur
Nashik
Navi Mumbai
Pune
Sangli
Solapur
Ulhasnagar
13 Meghalaya
Byrnihat
14 Nagaland
Dimapur
Kohima
15 Orissa
Angul
Balasore
Bhubneshwar
Cuttack
Rourkela
Talcher
16 Punjab
DeraBassi
Gobindgarh
Jalandhar
Khanna
Ludhiana
NayaNangal
Pathankot/Dera Baba
Patiala
Amritsar
17 Rajasthan
Alwar
Jaipur
Jodhpur
Kota
Udaipur
18 Tamilnadu
Tuticorin
19 Telangana
Hydrabad
Nalgonda
Patencheru
20 Uttar Pradesh
Agra
Allahabad
Anpara
Bareily
Firozabad
Gajraula
Ghaziabad
Jhansi
Kanpur
Khurja
Lucknow
Muradabad
Noida
Raebareli
Varanasi
21 Uttarakhand
Kashipur
Rishikesh
22 West Bengal
Kolkata
23 Bihar
Patna
Gaya
Muzaffarpur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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