International NGO to help reduce air pollution in Nagpur and Kochi

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air pollution in NagpurAn international NGO, Clean Air Asia will help the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to frame an action plan for improved air quality under the Smart City project. The NGO will also introduce new technologies to monitor, control and reduce air pollution in the city.

Clean Air Asia is implementing the same plan in Kochi as well in its quest to reduce air pollution and greenhouse emissions in 1,000 cities across Asia.

“Air Quality Solutions in cities like Nagpur are essential as they can lead the way for developing clean air action pilot programmes and set an example for other cities. We do not have to wait for an apocalypse scenario, like what we see in Delhi every winter. Instead, long term planning is needed. It can contribute to better air quality and healthy lives in Indian urban areas,” said Clean Air Asia’s India director Prarthana Borah.

The NGO has already completed the assessment of air quality management of Nagpur, Aurangabad and Pune in Maharashtra.

Clean Air Asia will also make the NMC officials meet technology providers like France-based Faurecia Clean Mobility Limited, a company which developed innovative technology to reduce air pollution.

“At present, city is utilising conventional method to measure air quality. Machines are installed in specific locations and data is collected. New technology comprising mobile air censors have been invented and can help in framing measures in particular problematic areas and sectors. French team will give presentation of their technology at the meeting,” she said.
The NGO was established in 2001 by Asian Development Bank, World Bank and United States Agency for International Development.
The NGO is working with ministries (energy, environment, health and transport), cities in Asia, private sector and development agencies to provide leadership and technical knowledge for Air Quality management.
Clean Air Asia is headquartered in Manila and has offices in Beijing and New Delhi.

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