Invite: Meeting India’s National Clean Air Goals | Climate Trends

May 4, 2022 | 11:00 am 1:30 pm

Climate Trends invites you to a discussion with key implementing agencies responsible for managing India’s air pollution crisis, to understand the progress being made under the NCAP, across a range of parameters like air quality monitoring, capacity building of implementing agencies, policies for mitigation efforts, recruitment of well-trained staff, resource deployment, transparency in data and public awareness efforts to control the health impacts.

More than three years into India’s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), central and state governments have taken multiple mitigation measures to reduce air pollution. However, the emergency called again this winter due to Delhi’s pollution index touching 23 times more than WHO’s safety limits, which is proof that the problem is much more complex. Air pollution management in India requires a multi-institutional approach integrating technological and long-term solutions at the core. With just two years remaining to meet India’s NCAP targets of reducing up to 30% particulate matter levels in more than 130 non-attainment cities, time is running out fast.


  1. Welcome and introduction | Aarti Khosla, Director, Climate Trends
  2. Keynote Address: Challenges and pathways for managing India’s clean air | Dr Prashant Gargava, Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board
  3. Special Address: Pathways for Comprehensive Clean Air Actions in the State of Uttar Pradesh | Shri Ashish Tiwari, Secretary, DoEFCC, Uttar Pradesh
  4. Special address: Progress being made under NCAP | Prof S N Tripathi, Steering Committee member, NCAP, MoEFCC; Coordinator, National Knowledge Network; Civil Engineering dept, IIT Kanpur

Session 1

Institutional engagement: How can the NKN structure be strengthened for effective implementation from local authorities


  1. Dr. Sagnik Dey, Professor, IIT Delhi’s Centre for Atmospheric Sciences
  2. Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, Professor, PGIMER Chandigarh 
  3. Dr. Govind Pandey, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur
  4. Dr. Abhijit Chatterjee, Associate Professor, Bose Institute, Kolkata
  5. Dr V. Vinoj, Assistant Professor, School of Earth Ocean and Climate Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar 
  6. Dr Kirpa Ram,Assistant Professor, Banaras Hindu University
  7. Dr Sameer Patel, Assistant Professor, IIT Gandhinagar
  8. Dr Abhishek Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay

Session moderator: Aarti Khosla, Director, Climate Trends

Session 2

Addressing the institutional challenges and solutions: Takeaways from implementing agencies


  1. Dr V M Motghare, Joint Director, Air, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board
  2. Dr M P George, Scientist, Delhi Pollution Control Board
  3. Dr Nihar Sahoo, Chief Environmental Officer, Odisha State Pollution Control Board
  4. Shivasharanappa G N, Commissioner, Kanpur Municipal Corporation 
  5. Atul Goyal, President, United Residents Joint Action
  6. Dr Pratima Singh, Research Scientist, CSTEP

Session moderator: Aarti Khosla, Director, Climate Trends