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Air pollution in Delhi: A review of past and current policy approaches

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anil Namdeo, Professor Margaret Carol Bell CBE, Dr Paul Goodman



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© 2018 WIT Press. Delhi National Capital Region (Delhi NCR) is facing serious challenges linked to worrying levels of air pollution (mainly NO2, PM10 and PM2.5). The CADTIME prject (Clean Air in Delhi through Implementation, Mitigation and Engagement) aims to understand what is required to deliver significant reductions in levels of air pollution. This paper presents the results of the first stage of the project: it firstly contextualises the challenges of air quality management in Delhi within the broader evolution of environmental policies and governance in India, with particular consideration to the tensions between environmental protection and the country's development objectives. Secondly, it sets out how CADTIME will combine multiple source qualitative and quantitative data to develop an air quality action plan and an implementation strategy. In particular, through two workshops with local and national experts and stakeholders, and two rounds of focus groups with citizens of Delhi we will contrast stakeholders' priorities and preferences for existing and potential solutions to air pollution with citizens' lived experiences, thus assessing the political/technical feasibility and public acceptability of current and proposed measures. Furthermore, we will complement the primary qualitative data with a critical review examining the successes and failures of UK and European policies to draw lessons that can be relevant for Delhi and to avoid ineffective policies and achieve cost-effective solutions for the city in the shortest possible time.

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Author(s): Vito LDE, Chatterton T, Namdeo A, Nagendra S, Gulia S, Goyal S, Bell M, Goodman P, Longhurst J, Hayes E, Kumar R, Sethi V, Gitakrishnan Ramadurai SB, Majumder S, Menon JS, Turamari MN, Barnes J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment

Year: 2018

Volume: 230

Pages: 441-451

Online publication date: 01/09/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 31/01/2019

ISSN (print): 1746-448X

ISSN (electronic): 1743-3541

Publisher: WIT Press


DOI: 10.2495/AIR180411


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NE/P016588/1Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)