Indore has secured the top rank in the Clean Air Survey-2023 conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under the category of more than 10 lakh population.
Indore achieved an impressive score of 187 out of 200 in the Clean Air Survey-2023, outperforming other cities with comparable population sizes.
This achievement underscores Indore's persistent dedication to fostering a pollution-free atmosphere.
In the survey Agra secured the second position with a score of 186 points, closely followed by Thane at the third position with 185.2 points.
The rankings, meticulously evaluated by the CPCB, were based on comprehensive assessments of self-evaluation reports and associated documentation submitted through the 'Prana' portal. A total of 130 cities, spanning various population brackets, were considered in the evaluation process.
An official from the Indore Municipal Corporation revealed that the city manages an average of 1,162 tonnes of solid waste daily, encompassing approximately 164 tonnes of plastic waste. This waste is systematically collected from every household using corporation vehicles and safely processed within the same day at a plant operating under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) statutory organisation was constituted in September, 1974 under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. Further, CPCB was entrusted with the powers and functions under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
It serves as a field formation and also provides technical services to the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
Principal Functions of the CPCB, as spelt out in the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, (i) to promote cleanliness of streams and wells in different areas of the States by prevention, control and abatement of water pollution, and (ii) to improve the quality of air and to prevent, control or abate air pollution in the country.
Air Quality Monitoring is an important part of air quality management. The National Air Monitoring Programme (NAMP) has been established with objectives to determine the present air quality status and trends and to control and regulate pollution from industries and other sources to meet the air quality standards.
Besides this, CPCB has an automatic monitoring station at ITO Intersection in New Delhi. At this station Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Ozone (O3), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) are being monitored regularly. This information on Air Quality at ITO is updated every week.
“PRANA” – Portal for Regulation of Air-pollution in Non-Attainment Cities, is a portal for monitoring the implementation of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). It will support tracking of physical as well as financial status of city air action plan implementation and disseminate information on air quality management efforts under NCAP to the public.