Budget: More than Rs 2,000 crore for cities with more than one million population, many other schemes proposed for clean environment

Budget: More than Rs 2,000 crore for cities with more than one million population, many other schemes proposed for clean environment

New Delhi: Cities with 400 million population will get Rs 2,217 crore for air pollution management in the next financial year. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several measures under the Centre’s Urban Sanitation Mission during her budget presentation on Monday.
This proposed allocation would be in addition to the tasks set by the Center for the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) under the Ministry of Environment.
In addition, the Finance Minister proposed several schemes to promote beneficiaries expansion and renewable energy under various ministries such as Hydrogen Energy Mission, Urban Mobility, Voluntary Vehicle Scrapping Policy, ‘Ujjwala’ scheme which collectively includes India’s carbon Will go a long way in reducing Making footprints and air and overall environmental cleaner.
Although the total budget of the Ministry of Environment has fallen from Rs 3,100 crore in 2020-21 to Rs 2,870 crore for the next financial year, funding for other schemes will come from other ministries such as transport, new and renewable energy, and housing and urban affairs. The newly constituted commission for air quality management in NCR and surrounding areas has been allocated Rs 20 crore under the budget of the Ministry of Environment. This amount will be used to prepare the infrastructure for the functioning of the Commission.
On the proposal to have a separate voluntary scraping policy, Sitharaman said, “This will help encourage fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles, which will reduce vehicular pollution and oil import bills. In the case of private vehicles and in the case of commercial vehicles, after 15 years, the vehicles will undergo fitness testing in automatic fitness centers. ”
Under the urban infrastructure, the minister proposed strengthening public transport through expansion of metro rail network and expansion of city bus service. A new scheme at a cost of Rs 18,000 crore will support increasing public bus transport services through the operation of more than 20,000 buses in urban areas. These steps, along with the use of ‘MetroLite’ and ‘MetroNeto’ under Metro Rail systems, will help reduce private vehicles on the roads and thus cut vehicle emissions in cities.
The minister said, ‘Eight crore families have benefited from the Ujjwala scheme. The scheme, which aims to provide concessional LPG connections to poor families, will increase clean fuel usage and help reduce health-related disorders, air pollution and deforestation.

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