National Clean Air Programme: Centre aims at 40% reduction in particulate matter by 2026

Source: The post is based on the article “National Clean Air Programme: Centre aims at 40% reduction in particulate matter by 2026” published in The Hindu on 1st October 2022.

What is the News?

The Government of India has set a new target of a 40% reduction in particulate matter concentration in cities covered under the National Clean Air Programme(NCAP) by 2026.

What is the National Clean Air Programme(NCAP)?

The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was launched by the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in 2019.

Purpose: It is a long-term, time-bound, national-level strategy making determined efforts to deal with the air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner. 

Cities covered: NCAP is implemented in 132 cities in the country.

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What is the present target under NCAP?

The present target is to achieve targets of 20 to 30% reduction in Particulate Matter concentration by 2024.

What is the new target under NCAP?

The government has set a new target of a 40% reduction in particulate matter concentration in cities covered under the NCAP by 2026.

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