Air pollution is one of the major man–made environmental risks to the public health. The release of various gaseous emissions and particulate matter in the air has been on the rise due to various anthropogenic emissions. To address the rising concerns of deteriorating air quality, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with NITI Aayog launched the 'Cleaner Air Better Life Initiative' in November 2016.
There are several studies conducted by different institutions on deterioration of air quality in Delhi. A recent and most comprehensive source apportionment study was undertaken by IIT–Kanpur (IIT–K ) on behalf of the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. Findings from IIT–K study are being considered as the basis for designing the action plans for the initiative. The CII–NITI Aayog 'Cleaner Air Better Life Initiative' initiative aims at finding solutions to air pollution in a holistic manner by engaging with different stakeholders who are part of common air-shed in Delhi. Aforesaid task forces were mandated by NITI Aayog to find out actionable solutions for air pollution in their respective focus areas. First meeting of the task force on clean fuel was organised by the Convenor on 17 July 2017, which was attended by task force members including policymakers and representatives from industry, public sector undertakings (PSUs) and civil society organisations. Key focus areas were identified by the task force during the first meeting. This was followed by a second meeting on 2 August 2017, where the task force pursued on finding solutions to challenges specific to individual sectors outlined during first meeting of the task force (see Figures 1 and 2). Third meeting of the task force was held on 22 August 2017, where first draft of the report was discussed and specific inputs were sought from members. Drawing from the discussions during the task force meeting and inputs from its members, the report presents a recommended action plan including the short-term, medium-term and long-term actions. This report has been finalised during fourth meeting of the task force held on 29 November 2017, considering all the inputs received from the members