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National clean air programme to be finalised within four weeks: Govt to SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The ministry today told the that a National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to comprehensively deal with the rising levels across the country would be finalised within four weeks.

NCAP is a medium term national level strategy to tackle the increasing problem in in a comprehensive manner and its overall objective includes evolving effective across the country.

The Ministry of Environment, (MoEF&CC) told a three-judge bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, and that the NCAP would cover not only Region (NCR) but also the cities where high levels have been recorded.

A N S Nadkarni, representing the ministry, told the bench that several pending issues relating to air pollution, including ban on pet coke, permitted use of pet coke in certain industries, availability of for power plants in NCR, were under consideration of the authorities and appropriate notifications would be issued soon.

He said the (CPCB) has issued directions to ensure "strict implementation" of the comprehensive action plan to tackle in Delhi-

The bench then asked the ministry to give publicity to NCAP and the graded response action plan (GRAP) for to make people aware.

Nadkarni said that once the NCAP is finalised, publicity would be given to it. The government was already publicising the steps which have been taken. He said the ministry would file an affidavit in the apex court shortly.

The bench observed that certain issue related to the matter was pending before the Ministry of Petroleum and (MoPNG) and asked the MoEF&CC to take up the matter with the MoPNG keeping in view the urgency of tackling the problem of air pollition in

The apex court, which posted the matter for hearing in April, had earlier asked the Centre to look into the problem of air pollution on a nationwide basis and not confine it to Delhi-only.

The court is hearing a PIL filed in 1985 by environmentalist M C Mehta who had raised several issues relating to air pollution in the Delhi-NCR.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 19:05 IST