Center will finance 102 cities Rs 10 cr each to clean the air

NEW DELHI: Extending initial financial support to cities under its (NCAP), the Center has begun financing 102 cities, with more than 28 million cities earning millions of rupees each for capacity-building activities. Among the 28 cities are Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Bangalore, Calcutta, Hyderabad and Patna.

Eighty of these 102 'unreached cities' have already prepared their action plans focused on the city. The Center is financing them so that these cities can take measures to reduce pollution in the field, said the environment minister. Prakash Javadekar He said.

The cities are declared unreached if they do not meet the ambient air quality standards for PM10 or nitrogen dioxide over a period of five years, in this case 2011-15.

However, the total cost of measures to reduce air pollution in these 102 cities will be much more than what the Center will provide. One official said that this financial assistance was in addition to what was being done, for billions of rupees, in different sectors (transport, roads, forests and renewable energy sources, among others) throughout the country to reduce emissions. carbon.

The more than 28 million cities, identified for the financing of higher amounts, are those that reported a high level of contamination: more than 90 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) of PM10 (particulate matter). The other cities in this group include Raipur, Vijayawada, Surat, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bhubaneswar, Agra, Allahabad, Nagpur and Pune, among others.

Among the remaining 74 unreached cities, those with a population of 5 to 10 lakh will get Rs 20 lakh each, while cities with a population of less than 5 lakh will get Rs 10 lakh each as the initial amount.