CEED urged the Jharkhand government to expand the Clean Air Program, Ranchi and Jamshedpur must be part of NCAP

CEED urged the Jharkhand government to expand the Clean Air Program

Ranchi and Jamshedpur must be part of NCAP

21st August 2019, Ranchi: The increased air pollution in Ranchi and Jamshedpur in recent times has been cause for great concerns and impacting the human health. The state capital Ranchi and major industrial town such as Jamshedpur, whose pollution level (PM10) has always been hovering above the national standard for last six years, yet these two important cities are not part of national clean air program (NCAP) of GoI. The NCAP is a comprehensive air pollution prevention plan to widen the focus of air pollution mitigation across the country. The NCAP has a national target of reducing key air pollutants such as PM10 and PM2.5 by 20%-30% by 2024 taking 2017 as the base year through a dedicated city action plan. There has not been a single cities from Jharkhand mentioned in the new list of 20 polluted cities under NCAP.

122 cities selected under NCAP are the Non-Attainment Cities prepared by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), of which Dhanbad is the only city representing Jharkhand. However, Ranchi and Jamshedpur remained outside the ambit of non-attainment cities despite being severely polluted. Other cities of the state whose pollution level has remained consistently higher than the national standard and have not yet come under this program are Jharia, Saraikela Kharsawan, Sindri and West Simbhghum.

Talking about the NCAP, Ms. Ankita Jyoti, Senior Program officer of CEED said, “The NCAP is an ambitious action plan to improve the Air Quality across India and its high time for Government of Jharkhand to ask the CPCB to include cities like Ranchi and Jamshedpur as part of NCAP. The national clean air program will not only benefit the State from knowledge and new ideas on air pollution but will also help strengthen the capacity to implement the program in most effective manner. She further added that NCAP is a very important opportunity that needs to be tapped as it helps in improving air quality monitoring, efficient data dissemination, public awareness, and feasible management plan for control and prevention of air pollution with collaborative and cross-sectoral approach.

Elaborating on the air quality situation she said, based on the data available continually, Ranchi and Jamshedpur have been seeing serious levels of air pollution for the last six years. In-fact, if you notice the annual average concentration of PM10 in Ranchi was relatively higher than Dhanbad for these years. The PM10 concentration noted in year 2012 in Ranchi was 202 μg/m3, 177 μg/m3 in 2013, 197 μg/m3 (2014), 220 μg/m3 (2015), 196 μg/m3 in 2016 and 142 μg/m3 in 2017, he added.

CEED request the Government to look at the discrepancy so that the benefit of the program reaches Jharkhand and the state doesn’t miss the bus.

For more information

  1. Munna Kumar Jha, +91 9570099300, mjha@ceedindia.org
  2. Ankita Jyoti, +91 7858864847, ankita@ceedindia.org

Notes to Editor:

1. Annual Average Concentration of PM10 based on Central Pollution Control Board National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program me (NAMP) Data

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Cities

PM10 (μg/m3

PM10 (μg/m3)

PM10 (μg/m3)

PM10 (μg/m3)

PM10 (μg/m3)

PM10 (μg/m3)

Ranchi

202

177

197

220

196

142

Dhanbad

178

157

166

168

226

238

Jharia

212

193

237

231

280

295

Sindri

170

121

100

75

143

158

Jamshedpur

150

116

NA

134

136

131

West Singhbhum

153

NA

NA

NA

93

77

Saraikela Kharsawan

NA

NA

NA

NA

143

131

  1. List of Cities under NCAP  (http://cpcb.nic.in/non-attainment-cities/)
  2. Press Release of NCAP (http://www.pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1559384)
  3. Addition of new cities under NCAP (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/pollution/20-more-cities-added-to-cpcbs-polluted-list/articleshow/70721767.cms)