Air Pollution

Centre formulates plan to tackle air pollution across the country


Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: National Clean Air Programme

Mains level: Rising air pollution in country and measures needed to control it


Long-term time-bound national level strategy

  1. The Centre has formulated the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to tackle increasing air pollution across the country in a comprehensive manner
  2. NCAP has been formulated as a “long-term time-bound national level strategy”

About the plan

  1. The objective is to augment and evolve an effective ambient air quality monitoring network across the country
  2. It will also be ensuring a comprehensive management plan for prevention, control, and abatement of air pollution
  3. The NCAP focuses on a collaborative and participatory approach comprising all sources of pollution and coordination between relevant central ministries, state governments, local bodies and other stakeholders
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