Progress on implementation of National Clean Air Programme reviewed in Srinagar

Vehicles moving amid thick fog during mornings in Kashmir. [Representational Image]
Vehicles moving amid thick fog during mornings in Kashmir. [Representational Image] File/GK

Srinagar: A meeting of District Level Implementation Committee (DLIC) on National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was today held under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, here.

The meeting reviewed the progress of ongoing works on Rs 33 Cr plan for 2022-23 under NCAP, aimed to reduce PM10 levels by 2025 to improve Air Quality Index in Srinagar district.

During the meeting, the DC took activity wise review and progress of all ongoing works under Rs 33 Cr Plan for 2022-23 for implementation and monitoring of the NCAP in Srinagar District.

At the outset, the DC was apprised that out of 13 projects taken up under Rs 33 cr plan under NCAP, 12 projects are in progress including Creating green zones by way of mass plantations/landscaping along western Highways and adjoining areas, Plantation of central verges/medians of major city roads and Paving of Earthen Shoulders, IEC Activities to promote awareness regarding Air Pollution Control, implementation of Mission Life Actions and providing Briquetting Assembly for Management of Horticulture Waste, installation of Fountains in Srinagar City.

It was stated that Rs 5 crore projects for Plantation of Vertical Planters at Piers of bridges/flyovers along with O&M has been tendered out. DC emphasised on completing all ongoing works under NCAP by accelerating the pace of works to enhance the green space across the City in order to improve quality of air in Srinagar District.

The DC also asked the Officers of line Departments to formulate comprehensive and meaningful plans under NCAP for 2023-24 with initiatives aimed at further improving the Air Quality Index. The DC asked all line departments to take proactive actions in formulating the Action Plans.

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