Regulatory Update: National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)-India, 2018

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change released the National Clean Air Programme for India. National Clean Air Programme aims at overcoming the deficits in ongoing government initiatives targeted towards air pollution control. Its goal is to meet the prescribed annual average ambient air quality standards at all locations in the country.  GoI has undertaken the initiative of implement a nationwide National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). Under the same 4 air pollutants namely (sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, suspended particulate matter and fine particulate matter) are being monitored in 691 identified stations across the nation. The same has notified National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for monitoring air quality and has issued Forty-two action points which is a comprehensive set of directions under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1986 to mitigate air pollution in major cities. The Program identifies present pollution status and the need to revisit the present plans and plug gaps in maintenance of air quality in the country.