Environment scientists submit recommendations on NCAP
NEW DELHI: All the green bodies of the Capital and the experts have submitted their comments and observations for the NCAP which is a pollution control plan for the Capital made by the Union government. Thursday was the last day to submit the suggestions.
"The government should incorporate 35 per cent reduction in three years and 50 per cent reduction in five years as targets to make NCAP effective and impactful. Draft NCAP has ignored polluting sectors like industry and coal thermal power plants, which are regulated by the central government. Highly polluting industries and industrial clusters should be regulated under NCAP with clear timelines and targets for implementation," noted the green bodies.
They have also noted that NCAP must have a holistic approach to tackle the issue of stubble management. Currently, the approach is isolated. Both "in-situ crop residue management" and creation of infrastructure and market for the use and management of stubble outside of the field ("ex-situ" management) should be incorporated in NCAP.
Sunil Dahiya, a Campaigner, Greenpeace India, said, "The first and foremost priority for the ministry should be to set time-bound emission targets to reduce air pollution. NCAP is the ultimate framework to ensure compliance with their commitment towards tackling air pollution from the source. Missing of emission as well as sectoral targets is making NCAP not only redundant but pointless."
Talking about the government's double standards on emission norms for thermal power plants, Ritwick Dutta of LlFE said: "On the one hand, the government is launching the NCAP, on the other hand, it continues to kill its own air pollution norms. Emissions from power plants are the significant contributor to air pollution. The government is killing the 2015 emission standards for coal-based power plants. It neither has any clear strategy nor targets even when pollution is reaching toxic levels across India. The plan is too techno-centric without any target and without any detail on action against violations."