4 int’l agencies to help India tackle toxic air in 102 cities
New Delhi: Delhi’s toxic air may be hogging the headlines, but there is little doubt the problem is pan-India. Underlining the urgent need to address the problem, India has sealed a deal with four global agencies, including the World Bank and German development agency (GIZ), to build capacities of all 102 polluted cities across the country.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Bloomberg Philanthropies are the other two agencies which will help states combat air pollution working in four different geographical areas. “We have finalised the agreements with these four agencies. They will extend technical support and help states in building capacities of their respective cities. Each agency will be earmarked a geographical area,” Union environment secretary CK Mishra told TOI.
The new National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) with certain broad time-lines to reduce emission in these cities is expected to be announced soon. It will be a long term national level strategy to tackle air pollution across the country in comprehensive manner. Tackling pollution from various sources, increasing number of manual air quality monitoring stations, expanding network of the Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations and setting up of Air Information Centre for data analysis, interpretation and dissemination through GIS platforms will be among the key components.
It will have a mechanism to develop a public grievance redressal portal for handling public complaints. The cities will develop infrastructure to report air pollution.