India has set a target to reduce the level of particulate matter (PM) in the atmosphere by 30 per cent in five years, the central Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has said at an international conference.
The announcement, coming after six months since the release of a draft of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), was made at the World Health Organisation summit on air pollution in Geneva.
The draft NCAP was criticised for not setting targets to reduce air pollution.
The country has 14 out of the world’s 20 most polluted cities in the world, according to a WHO study. WHO has also said that over 125,000 children in India below the age of five died in 2016 as a result of indoor and outdoor air pollution.
The government had said that more indigenous studies are needed to link air pollution to mortality.
The government has announced that it has plans to roll out a National Environmental Health Profile Project across 20 cities to evaluate the health effects of pollution.