CS takes stock of measures to improve air quality in cities

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CS takes stock of measures to improve air quality in JK cities 29

JAMMU, JANUARY 29: Chief Secretary, Atal Dulloo today took stock of all the measures taken to improve the overall quality of air in the twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar here.

The Chief Secretary was chairing the Apex Committee meeting of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). The meeting was attended by ACS, Forest Department; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir/Jammu; PCCF; Secretary Transport; Commissioner SMC/JMC besides other concerned officers.

During this meeting, the Chief Secretary impressed upon the concerned city administrations to take all the measures to improve the air quality in our cities as envisaged under this national program. He asked them to show more commitment toward this significant matter and ensure that the targets set for the two cities are met without fail.

Dulloo further took note of the expenditure made to date under this national program and the works carried out to make the quality of air better here. He stressed making strenuous efforts to complete all the ongoing work within this financial year. He also directed for acceleration of the pace of tendering and other preliminary processes to execute other projects taken up under this program.

The Chief Secretary maintained that clean air is one of the basic parameters of determining a quality lifestyle in urban areas. He observed that measures like enhancing green spaces and reducing pollutants by resorting to eco-friendly ways are going to have a great impact on our health and prosperity. He called for coordinated efforts to implement this program here in letter and spirit.

It was given out by the ACS, Forests, and Dheeraj Gupta that the National Clean Air Programme is a comprehensive time-bound action program launched by MoEFCC, Govt of India in January 2019 to improve air quality, especially for Non-attainment Cities.

He said that a baseline has been given for each identified city and a Target set to be achieved for the concerned city administration to improve the air quality there. He further made out that 124 NACs(132 NACs as of now) have been identified in the country for the coverage in this program based on non-conforming to National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for 5consecutive years.

The meeting was also apprised that funds to the tune of Rs 94.60 Cr have been received by the Municipal bodies of twin cities for making meaningful interventions in this regard. It was said that 19 Air Quality Monitoring-Manual Air Quality Monitoring Stations have been set up in Jammu and Srinagar to provide real-time updates.

Moreover, the data for the air quality of 19 different parameters monitored by the CAAQMS installed at Rajbagh Srinagar is displayed on the screen for information of the general public. Similarly, the Air Quality of 10 locations in Jammu City is being monitored and displayed through towers installed under the Jammu Smart City Project at the main chowks of Jammu City for information of the general public.

In addition, the State Action Plan has been submitted to CPCB by the Government of J&K, which stands approved by the CPCB. This approved Action Plan has details of all the major actions/activities required to be undertaken, and departments responsible for its implementation, besides setting timelines for implementation of each of them, the meeting was informed.

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