Policy, plan, or strategy

National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

2019 - 2024

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Reduce key air pollutants, PM10 and PM2.5 (ultra-fine particulate matter), by 20-30% in 2024, taking the pollution levels in 2017 as the base year to improve upon. 


The National Clean Air Plan will achieve its objective through (1) stringent implementation of mitigation measures for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution; (2) augmentation and strengthening an air quality monitoring network across the country; and (3) augmentation of public awareness and capacity building measures. It includes a Budget tracker and a Continuous Air Quality Monitoring Dashboard.  


To achieve the target, measures will be taken in 4 sectors: 

  • Agriculture: extending initiatives that address crop residue burning from the National Capital Region to other parts of the country, and from paddy to sugarcane and other crops; coordination with ISRO to improve the availability of Remote Sensing Monitoring data for crop burning by the farmers; and evaluate the socio-economic feasibility for implementation of ex-situ options like production of Prali-Char, biochar, pellets, briquettes, bioCNG, bioethanol, for crop residue management.
  • Bricks: enforce the use of zig-zag brick technology in brick kilns.
  • Transport: launching an awareness drive against polluting vehicles; taking steps to retrofit diesel vehicles with particulate filters; and promoting battery operated vehicles.
  • Waste: transitioning towards a zero-waste pathway through an integrated solid waste management strategy, including targeting waste prevention, recycling, composting, energy recovery, treatment, and disposal; and waste reduction schemes such as recycling projects, composting, biomethanation, RDF plants and co-processing.

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