According to a study by Green Peace India many of the Indian cities were found to have poor air quality. Only 12 out of the 43 Smart Cities comply with National Ambient Air Quality [NAAQ] standards. A study has found that even if the pollution is reduced by 30% by 2024, Bengaluru will continue to breathe poor quality air.
Green Peace has identified 139 cities where air pollution levels were higher than permissible levels as per national standards. Many of these have not been included in the National Clean Air Program [NCAP] list. The NCAP was launched on January 10 to look into the air pollution problem. It is a time bound programme aimed at tackling the rising air pollution levels all over India.