New Delhi: National Institution for Transforming India or NITI Aayog, the government’s Think Tank has come up with a specific action agenda to deal with the growing menace of air pollution within three years.
The five point remedy includes higher taxes on petrol/diesel, higher parking fees and shutting down of coal based power in phased manner to combat the growing menace of air pollution.
Though whatever the Aayog suggested has already been in different phases of implementation under the government’s plan of action, its emphasis may help states and central ministries to execute the measures on priority.
Listing coal-based power plants, brick kilns, vehicles (especially diesel), cooking and heating fires which burn biomass, waste burning, stubble burning and dust from construction, roads and fallow fields as “major sources of air pollution”, the Aayog noted that the problem is not limited to Delhi and wanted the government to take “corrective action” and strictly enforce various bans and traffic laws across the country.
“This (air pollution) is most publicised in Delhi, but it is also widespread in many other cities,” the Aayog said in its action agenda for 2017-20 while suggesting the measures which are required to be taken by the government.
The Aayog expressed its confidence that “air pollution can be considerably reduced within three years” through actions on the ground. Suggesting higher taxes on petrol\diesel in and around polluted cities, the Aayog said the measure would encourage people to share cars and use public transport in bigger numbers. The Aayoh noted that the higher parking fees will have similar effect as well.