New Delhi | 10th January 2019 | The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change announced the much anticipated National Clean Air Programme to fight air pollution on Thursday. In a press conference, Dr Harsh Vardhan released the National Clean Air Programme with a tentative national target of 20 % to 30 % reduction of PM2.5 & PM10 by 2024.
“It is good to see the final version of NCAP out after a long wait with the vision of reducing air pollution levels across the country. The silver lining in the plan is the potential reduction of 20 – 30% by 2024. We hoped it would be much stronger in providing sector wise targets, specific targets for cities and mentioned strong legal backing to take action against non implementation. We hope MoEFCC shows more seriousness in implementing the plan and strengthen it here onwards” said Sunil Dahiya, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India.