RCE Chandigarh - 2019

Action Plan for Clean Air
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Action Plan for Clean Air
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Chandigarh
Contributing organization(s) : 
Lead Department : Department of Environment & Climate Change
Facilitation & support by: Punjab State Council for Science & Technology
Implementation by : Department of Industries & Commerce, Local Government, Punjab Pollution Control Board, Public Works Department, Department of Transport, Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Traffic Police, Housing & Urban Development Department, Department of Transport and Department of Agriculture of Government of Punjab
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Pardeep Garg
Organizational Affiliation: 
Department of Environment & Climate Change
Jatinder kaur arora
Organizational Affiliation: 
Punjab State Council for Science & Technology
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Geographical & Education Information
Amritsar, Jalandhar, Khanna,Mandigobindgarh, Nangal, Patiala, Ludhiana, Derabassi, Dera baba nanak
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Punjab State Council for Science & Technology
MGSIPA Complex Institutional Area
Sector 26
Target Audience:
Govt Departments
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Increasing industrialization and urbanization is deteriorating the quality of air in the Punjab State of India i.e. high level of air pollution is occurring due to contamination of the atmosphere with harmful chemicals or gases. These are toxic to human beings, other living organisms and damage the natural environment also.

Air pollution is one of the most serious problems and is categorized as high risk factor , affecting the living beings on earth. To solve the problems of air pollution, it’s necessary to understand the issue and look for ways to counter it.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
All Sustainable Development Goals target to end extreme poverty and create a healthy, sustainable society by the year 2030. The health and well-being of people means require clean physical environment including air. The SDG's act as a instrument to act against air pollution. The Project relate to SDG's and the related SDG's with air quality are as under:

Goal 3 focuses on good health and well-being for all—a basic building block for people to achieve their potential in school, at work and at home. Every step we take to beating air pollution is a step towards achieving this goal.

Goal 7 targets access to clean and affordable energy—which is key to pulling people out of poverty and enabling sustainable economic development. Three billion people cook and heat their homes with dirty fuels. The resultant air pollution kills almost four million people each year, mainly women and children. Clean and renewable energy will save lives and boost economic development.

Goal 11 on sustainable cities and communities is crucial in our urbanizing world. In 2016, more than half of urban dwellers were exposed to outdoor air pollution levels at least 2.5 times above World Health Organization safe levels. Policies that make cities smart, resilient and green—through urban planning, technology and citizen participation—can provide better air quality and transform the urban landscape.

Goal 13 tackles climate change. Many of the air pollutants that affect our health also warm the atmosphere. Actions to improve air quality—such as switching to cleaner energy, cooking and transport solutions—will also address the climate emergency.
April, 2019 to April, 2022
Clean air is important to environmental and human & other living things health because pollutants can cause harm in various ways depending on the pollutant and the timescale of the exposure. The quality of life can be significantly increased with clean air .
comprehensive Action Plans for clean air for nine non attainment cities (Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Derabassi, Nangal, Patiala, Mandi Gobindgarh, Khanna & Dera Baba Nanak) by involving major Stakeholder departments with an aim to restore air quality to prescribed standards.
The major objectives of clean action plan are:
identification of sources of air pollution, creating awareness about adverse impact of pollution, measures to control pollution within fixed timeline and monitoring the activities for effective implementation of the action plans.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
- Creating awareness about the adverse impact of air pollution
-Identifying the sources of air pollution
-Identifying stakeholder departments
-Setting up facilities for treating the pollutants
-Ensuring effective operations of the facilities
-Ensuring effective monitoring through three tier monitoring committee
-Mitigating adverse impact on health of the people due to air pollution.
to restore air quality to prescribed standards related to (i)Vehicular Emissions (ii)Road Dust(iii)Burning of Bio-mass & Garbage (iv)Industrial Emissions (v)Mining(vi)Construction and DemolitionActivities (vii)Other Sources . Following components of the clean action plan :
(i)Public Awareness(ii)Enforcement(iii)New Infrastructure(iv)Maintenance activities (v)Policy Advocacy(vi)Technology Support
Lessons learned: 

Estabilishing linkages between departments
Development of effective monitoring system
Identify & fix responsibilities

Key messages: 
Key components of the action plans are identification of sources of air pollution, creating awareness about adverse impact of pollution, measures to control pollution within fixed timeline and monitoring the activities for effective implementation of the action plans.
State Govt