The government is planning to certify pollution monitoring instruments to improve the measurement and forecast of air pollution episodes, the move is motivated by two major point 1) To boost local manufacturing and 2) To fulfil massive demand for such instruments as part of the government?s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).
National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) provides for setting up 1,000 manual air-quality-monitoring stations with an increase of 45% from present number and 268 automatic stations triple the current 84. NCAP is also planing to setup air-quality-monitoring stations in rural areas.
The National Physical Laboratory, a CSIR lab, will certify these instruments, while Department of Science &Technology (DST)would take the lead on technology interventions.
A separate component on ‘Technology Assessment Cell’ has been envisaged under NCAP to evaluate the technologies for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution.