Key to NCAP is civil so­ci­ety en­gage­ment

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYFIRSTVOTE -

ob­jec­tives too. Smart cities is one case in point. The chal­lenge now is to train city man­agers so they un­der­stand air pol­lu­tion.

Many cities have made their plans, so we can­not change those. In­stead, we have to help them add on air pol­lu­tion abate­ment, which re­quires el­e­men­tary knowl­edge. While smart cities cov­ers only 43 of the 102 cities listed for ac­tion in the NCAP, across the var­i­ous mis­sions, key de­ci­sion mak­ers must be rigourously trained to learn the fun­da­men­tals of air pol­lu­tion to fight it ef­fec­tively.

Both these as­pects of NCAP re­quire a fun­da­men­tal re­ori­en­ta­tion in its im­ple­men­ta­tion. It can­not be busi­ness as usual within one min­istry. Its suc­cess de­pends on learn­ing to work dif­fer­ently, and re­ori­ent­ing pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion. It’s a test for ev­ery­one -- mostly that of our abil­ity to sur­vive this killer phe­nom­e­non.

BHARATI CHATURVEDI (The writer is founder and di­rec­tor Chin­tan En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search and

Ac­tion Group)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.