To combat air pollution, Niti Aayog has proposed a 15-point action plan, for India’s ten most polluted cities in the country, including Delhi, Kanpur and Varanasi.
The draft action plan titled ‘Breathe India’ said there is a need to enact strong measures to curb vehicular emissions and solutions include encouraging electric vehicles, phasing out private diesel vehicle and development of crop residue utilisation policy.It also recommends expediting strategic decommissioning of old and inefficient power plants.
Interestingly,the draft paper also advises that “all central government offices should replace existing fleets older than 15 years to electric vehicles in the next 3 years i.e. by 2021 April”.
The paper also favoured for implementing a large scale feebate program (a system of charges and rebates where energy-efficient or environmentally friendly practices are rewarded while failure to adhere to such practices is penalized) from 2020 onwards – similar to the ones implemented in Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway,Canada and Singapore.Once the campaign is approved and implemented in the identified cities, it could further be replicated in other parts of the country.(Story Courtesy: Business Standard )