Press Release : Citizens urged state government to speed up the implementation of clean air action plan

CEED-CEEW webinar photo 21 Aug_lucknow


CEED & CEEW organises a webinar on status update of Clean Air Action Plan in UP

Lucknow, 21 August: Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) and Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) jointly organised a webinar today on Current status and future direction of Clean Air Action Plan in Uttar Pradesh” which was attended by over 80 representatives of civil society organisations working for a cleaner environment and breathable cities in different parts of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

The objective of this webinar was to highlight the existing gaps in the implementation of city-specific Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) of 15 non-attainment cities of UP falling under the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) and further suggest ways and means to effective implementation of plan across the state.

These civil society organisations, which have come under one common platform Clean Air Implementation Network-Uttar Pradesh (CAIN-UP)” is an initiative of CEED, are regularly putting their voices and concerns in support of clean air for all citizen in a collaborative manner.

Highlighting the inclusion of the voices of civil societies in the implementation process, Mr Rakesh Kumar Bhatt, Founder, Centre for Social responsibility Trust, Lucknow and a member of CAIN-UP, said that The civil society arena is a strong pillar for effective implementation of any policy or program, thus the government must take into consideration the role of CSOs as they bring in much-needed insights from the ground on any violations and lacunae, and they are instrumental in holding enforcement agencies accountable.” He further urged that, “The state government must speed up the implementation of CAAP.”

Under the NCAP, a city-specific clean air management plan has been developed for all 15 cities, which include Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Khurja, Firozabad, Anpara, Gajraula, Jhansi, Moradabad, Rae Bareili, Bareili and Prayagraj, are part of 122 non-attainment cities notified by the Central Pollution Control Board. The city plan was prepared in March 2019 by Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (UPSPCB) and the concerned departments were directed for its implementation from April 2019 onward, however effective implementation is still not up to the mark.

Elaborating the findings of an evaluation study done by CEEW of 102 city-specific clean air plan approved under the NCAP, Tanushree Ganguly, Programme Associate, CEEW said, “Our analysis finds that the plans for cities in UP contain the same set of mitigation measures and don’t address the unique challenges of every city. To meet the rising democratic demand for clean air in the state, UP should focus on ramping up air quality monitoring across the cities, assessing the spatial distribution of polluting sources within cities, and enforcing compliance with industrial emission standards. Further, citizens should be encouraged to monitor and report violations that result in pollution.”

Ms Ankita Jyoti, Senior Program Officer, CEED pointed out that, CAIN-UP acts like a collaborator in implementation of air quality management plan and the network is ready to work with the government and allied agencies in UP and it will actively lend any technical or knowledge support. Moreover, CAIN-UP will bring the spotlight on those missing cities in non-attainment cities, which are increasingly polluted and are creating health emergency at the local level affecting millions of lives.”

The webinar was moderated by Mr Karthik Ganesan, Research Fellow, CEEW and Mr Naveen Mishra, Head-Operation, CEED gave vote of thanks to all the participants of the webinar.