Government issues dust deadline: March 31 or face suspension

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

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: National Ambient Air Quality standards, Environmental Performance Index

Mains level: Rising menace of air pollution and measures to curb it


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Implementing measures for dust mitigation by March 31

  1. The Environment Ministry has asked major infrastructure agencies, including the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), to implement measures for dust mitigation by March 31 or face suspension of construction work
  2. The ministry has cited recent rule amendments that make it mandatory for projects needing environment clearance to ensure mitigation of dust

Rules for curbing air pollution

  1. No building or infrastructure project requiring environmental clearance shall be implemented without approved Environmental Management Plan inclusive of dust mitigation measures
  2. The rules are applicable in all cities where particulate matter, PM 10 and PM 2.5, exceeds limits prescribed in the National Ambient Air Quality standards

Limits for PM 2.5 and 10 pollution

  1. The annual PM 10 limit is 60 micrograms per meter cube
  2. For PM 2.5 it is 40 micrograms per metre cube
  3. The daily cut-off for both is 100 micrograms per metre cube and 60 micrograms per metre cube, respectively

Environmental Performance Index

  1. India was ranked the fourth worst country in the world in terms of curbing environmental pollution
  2. India ranked 177 out of 180 countries on Environmental Performance Index
  3. The rank was 141 two years ago
  4. The EPI rankings were published on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Back2Basics

National Ambient Air Quality standards

  1. Ambient air quality refers to the condition or quality of air surrounding us in the outdoors
  2. National Ambient Air Quality Standards are the standards for ambient air quality set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) that is applicable nationwide
  3. The CPCB has been conferred this power by the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
  4. The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 was enacted by the Central Government with the objective of arresting the deterioration of air quality
  5. The current National Ambient Air Quality Standards were notified on 18 November 2009 by the Central Pollution Control Board
Air Pollution
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