Training Programme on NCAP: Strengthening sectoral strategies to achieve air quality targets

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites participation in its three-day Training Programme on NCAP: Strengthening sectoral strategies to achieve air quality targets on June 12-14, 2024 at Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI), CSE’s residential training campuslocated atNimli, Tijara, Alwar district, Rajasthan. This programme represents our initiative to promote good regulatory practices on clean air action planning through knowledge sharing and capacity building. 

As you are aware 131 non-attainment cities including 42 million plus cities are implementing clean air action plans under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Also the 15th Finance Commission fund supports clean air initiatives in million plus cities. In order to accomplish the goals of NCAP (20 to 30 per cent reduction in particulate pollution from the base year of 2017 by 2024) and 15th Finance Commission (5 per cent annual reduction over 5 years), these programmes require implementation of time-bound multi-sectoral action. The centre has further enhanced the target to 40 per cent reduction in particulate pollution by 2025-26 with respect to the base year of 2019-20 or achieving 60 microgramme per cubic metre. 

Since 2021-22, the 15th Finance Commission's fund disbursement has become performance-based. Cities need to demonstrate decrease in PM10 levels and increase in the number of good days as per the air quality index. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in 2022 launched a new initiative, SwachhVayuSarvekshan, a survey conducted to rank 131 NCAP cities on the basis of implementation of activities approved under city action plan and air quality improvement. 

NCAP has also led to resource mobilisation through convergence of other schemes and funding in the concerned sectors that aid in air quality improvement to deliver on clean air objectives. The financial allocation is a performance-based-supplemental grant for funding of activities approved under the city action plans and city micro action plans.Cities are also expected to report progress under other sectoral schemes and programmes funded by the central government or state governments, classified as convergence funding for alignment of relevant sectoral schemes to deliver on clean air indicators.    

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) through Portal for Regulation of Air Pollution in Non-Attainment Cities (PRANA) which provides real-time information on city-wise pollution levels and action monitors and assesses the physical and financial status of city action plans implementation. The information filed in the PRANA portal is the basis of performance evaluation. This is further supported by the state action plans prepared by 23 states and Union Territories. State and city action plans are also required to integrate 14 Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE) Mission indicators related to clean air plan along with annual targets and quarterly progress monitoring. 

The NCAP indicators cover multiple sectors that include air quality monitoring, pollution source assessment, public outreach on air quality, road dust, construction and demolition waste,  solid waste management, industry and vehicular pollution that include on-road and old vehicles, public transport, non-motorised transport, parking and freight. This includes 258 indicators distributed as capacity building and source assessment (related to air quality), public outreach, road dust, municipal solid waste, construction and development, vehicles, industries, biomass waste and air quality data. 

This training programme will particularly focus on the multi-sectoral (vehicles and transport, industry, waste etc) strategies for air pollution reduction. The indicators provided by the CPCB to track progress in implementation include strategies for improvement and designing and implementation of these strategies is imperative. This requires a more in-depth understanding and knowledge of the multi-sectoral strategies, how these can be designed and implemented as part of funding strategies to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) for air pollution reduction.

As current phase of NCAP is progressing towards completion with only one year remaining, it is therefore important to understand the experience and lessons learned so far. NCAP provides framework for cities to share experiences, learn lessons, leveraging their strengths and experiences and work towards common goals. Learning from each other's experience is crucial for progress, especially in complex issues like air pollution control. Therefore sector-wise understanding will guide cities in strengthening and prioritising efforts and resources to tackle the most polluting sectors effectively while also addressing other sources simultaneously for greater impact on air quality.

This training programme has been specially designed to support implementation, performance evaluation, mid-course assessment of the clean air action plans in NCAP cities and sharing of initiatives and good practices. This programme is for officials from the concerned implementing departments and agencies including SPCBs, Pollution Control Committees (PCCs), ULBs, Transport departments and others involved with NCAP, clean air action planning and implementation. 

Training session modules will focus on the following:

  • NCAP: Framework for clean air action planning and compliance, understanding how to best utilise the PRANA portal for planning and implementation, methods of setting targets for micro action plans and state action plans and integration of LiFE Mission indicators
  • Performance evaluation: Performance based funding, assessment including scoring pattern based on air quality and measures undertaken and SwacchhVayuSarvekshan framework and incentives
  • Airshed based planning: Framework for managing regional air quality
  • Governance: Institutional framework for effective air quality governance, monitoring and compliance
  • Monitoring: Strengthening air quality monitoring for information dissemination, compliance reporting and evaluating changes in air quality with respect to the actions taken and new and alternative methods of monitoring and data analytics
  • Emission sources: Understanding emission sources and profiling, new approaches to pollution source assessment, real-time source contribution visualisation and assessment of carrying capacity
  • Multi-sectoral air pollution control strategies: Specified actions and implementation related to vehicles and transport, industries and power plants, municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, road dust etc
  • Hotspots based planning approach for hyper local action: Identification and management
  • Sharing of initiatives and good practices from cities

For more information, please contact 

Priyanka Chandola
Mobile: +91 – 9810414938

Shubhansh Tiwari
Mobile: +91-8448337484



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June 12-14, 2024
Who can apply?
SPCBs, PCCs, ULBs and others involved with NCAP, clean air action planning and implementation>
Course fee
  • CSE will not charge any course fee from government officials
  • For other participants

INR 21,000 (single occupancy)
INR 19,200 (double occupancy)
Please note:

  • Course fee is inclusive of accommodation, food, training kit, field trip and travel from Delhi to AAETI and back
  • Cost of travel to Delhi and back is to be borne by the participant or nominating department/organisation
Certificate: Participants will get a certificate on completion of the training
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