Air quality better in Kerala; no special grant for major cities

M K Ajith Kumar

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New Delhi: Though Rs 339 crore was allocated for solid waste management and cleaning in seven cities of Kerala in the Union Budget 2020-21, the state was exempted from the special grant for the clean air programme.

The 15th Finance Commission recommended this based on the assumptions that there is no air pollution in Kerala. Coimbatore also was exempted from the grant for the same reason. All other cities that have 10 lakh or more population were granted the fund for clean air programme.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced in the budget that the programme will be implemented in all cities where population is higher than 10 lakhs. Rs 4400 crore was allocated for the Clean Air Programme.

It was expected that seven cities in Kerala also will be included in this programme, but the grant was announced excluding them.

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