By Accommodation Times Bureau
Pointing out that according to information received from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), there are 441 industries that are not complying the environmental norms, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma on Friday said that CPCB has issued show-cause notices to 274 industries and closure directions to 140 non-complying units.
In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here on Friday, Sharma stated that in view of the increase in air pollution in certain cities, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has taken several steps.
The Minister said that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has formulated the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) for abatement of air pollution in the country.
He added that the NCAP is intended to strengthen the ongoing government initiatives targeted towards prevention, control and mitigation of air pollution. He averred that it lays down a comprehensive framework for management of air quality in the country by augmentation of existing air quality monitoring network and devising air quality management plans for non-attainment cities based on detailed source apportionment studies for each city.