Long-Term, Time-Bound, National Level Strategy to Tackle Air Pollution-National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

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The Central Government launched National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) as a long-term, time-bound, national level strategy to tackle the air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner with targets to achieve 20% to 30% reduction in Particulate Matter concentrations by 2024 keeping 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration. Under NCAP, 122 non-attainment cities have been identified across the country based on the Air Quality data from 2014-2018.  A list of Smart Cities under the Smart Cities Mission, which are non-attainment cities under National Clean Air Program (NCAP), is attached at Annexure-I.

The city specific action plans have been prepared which, inter-alia, include measures for strengthening the monitoring network, reducing vehicular/industrial emissions, increasing public awareness etc. Implementation of the city specific action plans are regularly monitored by Committees at Central and State level namely Steering Committee, Monitoring Committee and Implementation Committee.

Air quality of cities is monitored by State Pollution Control Boards which publishes their results from time to time. Some Smart Cities have established Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs) which are also connected to Air Quality Monitors (AQMs) for effective monitoring.

This was informed by Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Annexure-I

National Clean Air Program (NCAP) under the SCM.

 

List of cities in the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) that are non-attainment cities under the National Clean Air Program (NCAP).

 

State/Union Territory

 

Smart Cities

Andhra Pradesh

Vishakhapatnam

Assam

Guwahati

Bihar

Muzaffarpur, Patna

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Chhattisgarh

Raipur

Delhi

Delhi (N.D.M.C.)

Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu, Srinagar

Karnataka

Bengaluru, Devanagere, Hubli-Dharwad

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Sagar, Ujjain

Maharashtra

Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Solapur, Thane

Nagaland

Kohima

Odisha

Bhubneshwar, Rourkela

Punjab

Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana

Rajasthan

Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

Tiruchirapalli, Thoothukudi

Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Bareilly, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Moradabad, Varanasi,

Uttarakhand

Dehradun

West Bengal

Kolkata (New Town Kolkata)

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