Deteriorating air quality due to the release of hazardous pollutants from multiple sources is a growing challenge. Most Indian cities report poor levels of air quality, threatening the health of its citizens and adversely impacting economic activity. To address this multi-faceted problem, solutions are needed to tackle existing challenges like knowledge gaps, institutional capacity, monitoring capabilities and data availability, policy enforcement and low levels of public awareness. Shakti is supporting efforts around air quality (AQ) modelling and monitoring, policy research, capacity building and public outreach that are contributing to building a stronger air quality management system in the country.
Ambient air quality is influenced by multiple pollutants from a range of sources. Together, ambient standards and emission standards play an important role in characterising and managing air quality. At Shakti, we support initiatives that inform the development of air standards and facilitate compliance…
Measurement and Modelling
Indian states and cities need well-designed air quality management plans to address the issue of air pollution. This necessitates the need for reliable and sufficient air quality data and modelling studies based on which policy decisions can be based…
Shakti is supporting several initiatives to spur action on a wide span of policy issues related to air pollution at the city, state and national level. We are supporting activities designed to identify and strengthen institutional, regulatory, and technical opportunities for improved air quality management…
Outreach and Capacity Development
Addressing air pollution will require concerted efforts on the part of policymakers, civil society and Indian industry. To enhance capacity of these stakeholders to act on air pollution, Shakti is supporting activities that will build public opinion in support of air quality interventions and develop…
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Air pollution is a growing problem in India, especially in urban areas. While Delhi has been the predominant focus of media attention, air pollution is a challenge endemic to many other cities. About half of India’s cities have extremely high PM levels and several other cities are seeing an increase in other pollutants, like nitrogen oxides and...Read more
Indian cities also need to tap into the emerging global learning curve. Evolved measures need to be absorbed into policy and public awareness campaigns in India to address pollution and other climate impacts.
Over the years, the problem of air pollution has reached gigantic scale in India with many of the world's most polluted cities being located in India. The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 was the first comprehensive legislative recognition of the problem of air pollution. There is a critical need to ensure that the Air Act is...Read more
According to the World Health Organisation (2014), air quality in the city of Patna is among the top 100 cities with the worst PM10 pollution globally.Given the rapid development in Bihar and especially in the Patna region, it is necessary to introduce adequate measures for better air quality.