Date: July 26, 2019
India may have announced the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), but neither does it have any legal backing nor financial support, making it a toothless tiger
August 24, 2018
Mobility Crisis The biggest challenge that confronts cities today is the intractable problem of automobile dependence. As the automobile dependence continues to grow, it is adversely affecting the quality of urban life. Congestion, unsafe roads and pollution remain their bane. Unless accompanied by policies to restrict the growth in car and motorised two-wheeler travel, cities will run hard only to stand still. Despite a very small minority using cars in cities, the available road space and transport-related investments are getting locked up only to cater to them. Public transport, bicycles and pedestrian facilities used by the vast urban majority, especially the urban poor, remain neglected.
Urgent action is needed so that the city does not negate gains of first generation reforms for combating air pollution
The Scheme of Assistance for Abatement of Pollution was conceptualized during the 7thFive-Year Plan with the main objective to strengthen the Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) and State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) / State Pollution Control Committees(SPCCs) for enforcing statutory provisions of pollution abatement.