National Clean Air Programme (NCAP): Objectives, Targets

National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) is launched by ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country.

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Objectives of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

The objective of the NCAP is comprehensive mitigation actions for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution besides augmenting the air quality monitoring network across the country and strengthening the awareness and capacity building activities.

  • To augment and evolve effective and proficient ambient air quality monitoring network across the country for ensuring comprehensive and reliable database
  • To have efficient data dissemination and public outreach mechanism for timely measures for prevention and mitigation of air pollution and for inclusive public participation in both planning and implementation of the programmes and policies of government on air pollution
  • To have feasible management plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution.


  • National level target of 20%–30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024 is proposed under the NCAP taking 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration
  • mid-term, five-year action plan with 2019 as the first year
  • The list of 102 cities chosen for this intervention
  • An Apex Committee at the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) at the national level, and at the Chief Secretary level in the States will be constituted to oversee implementation.

Cities under NCAP

The list of 102 cities chosen for this intervention are:
Guntur, Kurnool, Nellore, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Guwahati, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sibsagar, Silchar, Chandigarh, Bhillai, Korba, Raipur, Delhi, Surat, Ahmedabad, Baddi, Damtal, Kala Amb, Nalagarh, Paonta Sahib, Parwanoo, Sunder Nagar, Jammu, Srinagar, Dhanbad, Bangalore, Devanagere, Gulburga, Hubli-Dharwad, Bhopal, Dewas, Indore, Sagar, Ujjain, Gwalior, Akola, Amravati, Aurangabad, Badlapur, Chandrapur, Jalgaon, Jalna, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Solapur, Ulhasnagar, Byrnihat, Dimapur, Kohima, Angul, Balasore, Bhubneshwar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Talcher, DeraBassi, Gobindgarh, Jalandhar, Khanna, Ludhiana, NayaNangal, Pathankot/Dera Baba, Patiala, Amritsar, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Tuticorin, Hydrabad, Nalgonda, Patencheru, Agra, Allahabad, Anpara, Bareily, Firozabad, Gajraula, Ghaziabad, Jhansi, Kanpur, Khurja, Lucknow, Muradabad, Noida, Raebareli, Varanasi, Kashipur, Rishikesh, Kolkata, Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur

Committee to implement the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

The Union Environment Ministry has constituted a committee to implement the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). The committee will be chaired by the Secretary, Union Environment Ministry and has among its members the Joint Secretary (Thermal), Ministry of Power; Director-General, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), the Delhi-based think-tank; and Professor Sachidananda Tripathi, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K)
The committee would give overall guidance and directions to effectively implement the programmes

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