In an effort to check air pollution levels across the country, Centre has formulated the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) and the parliament was informed about it on Monday, reports the Indian Express. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan stated that the government has formulated the NCAP as a “long-term time-bound national level strategy”. He added that the objective of the plan is to evolve an efficient air quality monitoring network across India, besides developing a comprehensive management plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution. Shedding light on National Clean Air Programme Vardhan added, “The NCAP focuses on a collaborative and participatory approach comprising all sources of pollution and coordination between relevant central ministries, state governments, local bodies and other stakeholders.”
Central Pollution Control Board also informed to Environment ministry about the total number of stubble burning cases reported in Haryana during Karif season. Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma, said that the total number of stubble burning cases were 12,606 in Haryana in this year’s Karif season.
In a report submitted on Friday to the Lok Sabha by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, at least 207 people had died in Delhi because of acute respiratory infections (ARI) in 2016. In 2016 Delhi witnessed its most severe episodes of air pollution, compared to the situations in previous years. According to the report, Delhi’s air pollution was almost similar to Jharia throughout 2016, a town in Jharkhand, known for its choking fumes and dust coming out from coal mines. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 the number of deaths related to such infections were 175, 106 and 133 respectively, added the report.