NCAP Tracker

National Clean Air Program

The union government launched the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) on 10th January 2019 to address air pollution in 102 cities, to which 20 more cities were added later in the year. These cities are referred to as non-attainment cities (NACs) as they did not meet the following national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for the period of 2011-15 under the National Air Quality Monitoring Program (NAMP).

PM10 – 60 micrograms/cubic metre (annual)

PM2.5 – 40 micrograms/cubic metre (annual)

NCAP Targets

The NCAP has set a target of reducing key air pollutants PM10 and PM2.5 (ultra-fine particulate matter) by 20-30% in 2024 taking 2017 as the base year. Particulate matters are hazardous as these can cause serious health problems.

Entities involved in the program

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) are leading the program at the national level. At the state level, State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) are mandated to develop the city action plans and monitor their implementation by identified departments and agencies. 

A technical institution in every state has been identified to support the SPCB who are listed here – 

2024 target of 20 to 30%

Analysis of pollution levels in many cities in the NCAP program shows that they will continue to remain polluted even if the target of reducing 20-30% of PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations are achieved in the next five years.

# Name State 2017 Targeted PM 10 in 2024 by NCAP
1 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh 99 70
2 Kurnool Andhra Pradesh 82 57
3 Anantapur Andhra Pradesh 78 55
4 Eluru Andhra Pradesh 74 52
5 Kadapa Andhra Pradesh 74 52
6 Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 73 51
7 Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh 72 50
8 Srikakulam Andhra Pradesh 70 49
9 Chittoor Andhra Pradesh 69 48
10 Guntur Andhra Pradesh 69 48
11 Ongole Andhra Pradesh 65 46
12 Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh 65 46
13 Nellore Andhra Pradesh 65 46
14 Guwahati Assam 106 74
15 Nalbari Assam 95 67
16 Sivasagar Assam 81 57
17 Nagaon Assam 75 53
18 Silcher Assam 49 34
19 Muzaffarpur Bihar 167 117
20 Patna Bihar 157 110
21 Gaya Bihar 77 54
22 Chandigarh Chandigarh 109 76
23 Raipur Chhattisgarh 103 72
24 Bhilai Chhattisgarh 97 68
25 Korba Chhattisgarh 58 41
26 Delhi Delhi 240 168
27 Ahmedabad Gujarat 120 84
28 Vadodara Gujarat 108 76
29 Surat Gujarat 106 74
30 Baddi Himachal Pradesh 172 121
31 Nalagarh Himachal Pradesh 147 103
32 Kala Amb Himachal Pradesh 119 83
33 Paonta Sahib Himachal Pradesh 84 59
34 Sunder Nagar Himachal Pradesh 73 51
35 Parwanoo Himachal Pradesh 65 46
36 Damtal Himachal Pradesh 63 44
37 Jammu Jammu & Kashmir 149 104
38 Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir    
39 Dhanbad Jharkhand 238 167
40 Bangalore Karnataka 92 64
41 Devanagere Karnataka 87 61
42 Hubli Karnataka 79 55
43 Gulbarga Karnataka 54 38
44 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh 110 77
45 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh 93 65
46 Indore Madhya Pradesh 80 56
47 Dewas Madhya Pradesh 75 52
48 Ujjain Madhya Pradesh 75 53
49 Sagar Madhya Pradesh 70 49
50 Badlapur Maharashtra 159 111
51 Mumbai Maharashtra 151 106
52 Ulhasnagar Maharashtra 150 105
53 Chandrapur Maharashtra 146 102
54 Akola Maharashtra 127 89
55 Thane Maharashtra 125 88
56 Amravati Maharashtra 106 74
57 Navi Mumbai Maharashtra 105 74
58 Nagpur Maharashtra 102 71
59 Pune Maharashtra 102 71
60 Jalna Maharashtra 101 71
61 Kolhapur Maharashtra 90 63
62 Aurangabad Maharashtra 83 58
63 Latur Maharashtra 81 56
64 Nashik Maharashtra 81 57
65 Jalgaon Maharashtra 77 54
66 Sangli Maharashtra 76 53
67 Solapur Maharashtra 64 45
68 Byrnihat Meghalaya 174 122
69 Dimapur Nagaland 138 97
70 Kohima Nagaland 114 80
71 Kalinga Nagar Odisha 126 88
72 Rourkela Odisha 117 82
73 Talcher Odisha 96 67
74 Angul Odisha 95 66
75 Bhubaneswar Odisha 91 64
76 Cuttack Odisha 87 61
77 Balasore Odisha 83 58
78 Jalandhar Punjab 223 156
79 Amritsar Punjab 168 118
80 Ludhiana Punjab 162 113
81 Khanna Punjab 139 97
82 Mandi Gobindgarh Punjab 136 95
83 Patiala Punjab 102 71
84 Dera Bassi Punjab 93 65
85 Naya Nangal Punjab 91 63
86 Dera Baba Nanak Punjab 90 63
87 Jodhpur Rajasthan 180 126
88 Jaipur Rajasthan 177 124
89 Alwar Rajasthan 134 94
90 Kota Rajasthan 131 91
91 Udaipur Rajasthan 125 88
92 Thoothukudi/ Tuticorin Tamil Nadu 132 93
93 Trichy Tamil Nadu 86 60
94 Hyderabad Telangana 108 75
95 Sangareddy Telangana 79 55
96 Patancheru Telangana 78 55
97 Nalgonda Telangana 60 42
98 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh 281 196
99 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh 246 172
100 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 244 171
101 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh 224 157
102 Firozabad Uttar Pradesh 220 154
103 Moradabad Uttar Pradesh 217 152
104 Noida Uttar Pradesh 216 151
105 Khurja Uttar Pradesh 209 146
106 Gajraula Uttar Pradesh 207 145
107 Bareilly Uttar Pradesh 195 137
108 Agra Uttar Pradesh 185 129
109 Anpara/ Sonbhadra Uttar Pradesh 154 107
110 Rai Bareilly Uttar Pradesh 141 98
111 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh 140 98
112 Jhansi Uttar Pradesh 113 79
113 Dehradun Uttarakhand 248 174
114 Rishikesh Uttarakhand 128 90
115 Kashipur Uttarakhand 111 78
116 Asansol West Bengal 163 114
117 Durgapur West Bengal 155 108
118 Raniganj West Bengal 147 103
119 Kolkata West Bengal 120 84
120 Howrah West Bengal 110 77
121 Haldia West Bengal 97 68
122 Barrackpore West Bengal 90 63

Funding allocated – 2019-2020 – 406 cr

Out of the 102 cities, for 28 of them with over 10 lakh population and air quality of PM10 > 90ug/m³, the Union Environment Ministry has allocated ₹10 crore fund for 2 years.

The 28 cities are: 

  1. Vijaywada
  2. Patna
  3. Chandigarh
  4. Raipur
  5. Bhilai
  6. Ahmedabad
  7. Surat
  8. Dhanbad
  9. Bengaluru
  10. Bhopal
  11. Gwalior
  12. Mumbai
  13. Navi Mumbai
  14. Pune
  15. Nagpur
  16. Twin City Bhubneshwar & Cuttack
  17. Ludhiana
  18. Amritsar
  19. Jaipur
  20. Jodhpur
  21. Kota
  22. Hyderabad
  23. Lucknow
  24. Kanpur
  25. Agra
  26. Varanasi
  27. Prayagraj (Allahabad)
  28. Kolkata

For the remaining non-attainment cities, funding of ₹10 lakh per city for those with a population of less than five lakh and ₹20 lakh per city for those with a population of five to 10 lakh have been sanctioned.

Information Source
All data on the budget and actual disbursement has been sourced through RTIs from Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in December 2019.
All data on air quality monitors (AQM) and PM levels has been sourced from CPCB and NAMP.