Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav on Saturday said that efforts to improve air quality have shown a positive trend in cities across the country and participatory governance is the key to achieving India’s aspirations.
Speaking at the ‘Sensitivity Come Review Workshop – National Clean Air Program’ (NCAP) in Chennai, he said it was time to make ‘Clean Air for All’ a participatory mission.
NCAP is a national-level strategy to reduce PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations by 20% to 30% by 2024, with 2017 as the base year to compare.
The program covers 132 non-receiving cities that do not meet specified national ambient air quality standards.
Yadav said India would achieve the goals of NCAP through the participation, coordination, cooperation and sustainable efforts of all stakeholders.
“Efforts to improve air quality have shown a positive trend in cities across the country. But if we want to achieve what we aspire to, there is a key to ‘public participation’, ”he said.
He praised Tamil Nadu, saying that the air quality of Chennai, Madurai and Trichy, with more than three million cities, is among the national ambient air quality standards.
Yadav also lauded the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board’s e-commute program, under which all board officials use non-fossil fuel-powered vehicles to commute to the office every Wednesday.
The Minister called upon the youth to be active agents in the mission of improving air quality by adopting a sustainable lifestyle, appropriate behavior and attitude.