India launches National Clean Air Programme
The Indian government has launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), aiming to reduce toxic particulate matter in the atmosphere by 2024.
Jan 11, 2019
NEW DELHI: The Indian government has launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), aiming to reduce toxic particulate matter in the atmosphere by 2024. The capital's - and much of northern India's - air has been a major source of concern and has been cited as a cause of a range of respiratory and other illnesses.
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, formally launched the NCAP, which is a mid-term, five-year action plan that includes collaborative, multi-scale coordination across a variety of sectors between relevant central government ministries, state governments and local bodies.
Plagued by deteriorating air quality, particularly across northern India during the winter months, the government has devised the programme, with 2019 as its first year, to seriously tackle and reduce the problem which has emerged as a serious health challenge.
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