REGIONAL URBAN AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN INDIA – A CASE STUDY OF KARNATAKA STATE

Ashwin Sabapathy, S D Badrinath, Purandar Chakravarty, Rashmi Gopal, and Vangala Krishna; Environmental Studies, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), Southern Regional Centre

ABSTRACT

The national and state governments in India have implemented a number of programs to control air pollution over the past few decades. These have however, not been part of any concerted strategy and have mostly been reactive in nature. Further, these measures have mainly focused on larger cities and little or no effort has been made for smaller cities as the problem of air quality is not perceived to be serious in small towns. The formulation of urban air quality management strategies need to take into account the regional administrative and institutional framework for it to be effective and a case of Karnataka State is