The ministry also sought Rs 62,438 crore for catchment area treatment and forest restoration grants and another Rs 1.35 lakh crore for meeting climate change goals – rejuvenating degraded land and the ground water levels in states.
NEW DELHI: The environment ministry has sought a Rs 1.69 lakh crore “pollution abatement performance grant” from the 15th Finance Commission to deal with the burgeoning problem of pollution across large parts of India. It has suggested that 60% weightage be given to the Indo-Gangetic plain, where the national capital lies and which is faced with severe air pollution levels.
kinds of pollutants and how it scores on parameters devised by the CPCB. It suggested that 40% weightage be given to a state’s score on improvement of air quality performance, another 40% weightage to the state’s score on improvement of waste management performance and the remaining 20% to the state’s performance and scores on water quality of river stretches.