Environment ministry releases draft National Clean Air Programme

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released draft of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) proposing multiple strategies to reduce air pollution. It aims to tackle increasing air pollution problem across country in comprehensive manner. The goal of NCAP is to meet prescribed annual average ambient air quality standards at all locations in country in a stipulated time frame. However it does not mention of any specific target and time frame. Under NCAP, the MoEFCC plans to take host of measures to bring down air pollution.

Objectives of the NCAP

  • Augment and evolve effective and proficient ambient air quality monitoring network across country to ensure comprehensive and reliable database.
  • To have efficient data dissemination and public outreach mechanism for timely measures for prevention and mitigation of air pollution.
  • To have feasible management plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution.

Measures to be taken by MoEFCC under NCAP

Under proposed NCAP, the MoEFCC will augment air quality monitoring network, identification of alternative technology for real-time monitoring, set up of 10 city super network, indoor air pollution monitoring and management and air pollution health impact studies. Other measures under it also includes air quality forecasting system, issuance of notification on dust management, three-tier mechanism for review, assessment and inspection for implementation and national emission inventory.


Earlier Union Minister Harsh Vardhan had said that MoEFCC hopes to bring down air pollution in around 100 non-attainment cities by 35% in three years and 50% in five years. Non-attainment cities are those considered to have air quality worse than National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). However, NCAP released by MoECC has no reference to the target it internally conceived and publicly announced.

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  • Prashant Verma

    The pollution is made up of Particulate matter(PM). There is almost no awareness about PM. General public don’t know much about them. Here are 2 videos about particulate matter and pollution which I found on YouTube. I hope You guys like it.

    Particulate Matter(PM)- https://youtu.be/w2xJcrguuxM

    What Happens to the pollution that we inhale- https://youtu.be/HeuEcR-3L6I

  • Devakrit

    So it does everything about pollution except curbing it.

  • Nisar khan

    in London air pollution rate is only 20 .
    Government of London action and declare that tha Danger for that and in India our country air pollution is 110 rate.
    Government of India is no action.
    What was that…
    Plzzz action Lo plzzz.
    Better future ke liye.
    I have same ideas for this.