Question raised in Rajya Sabha on High pollution areas under NCAP, 07/01/2019. In order to address the increasing air pollution across the country in a comprehensive manner, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has finalized the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) as a pan India medium term five-year national level strategy to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Discharge of industrial waste into the rivers, 07/01/2019. As per the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 industrial units are required to install effluent treatment plants(ETPs) and to treat their effluents to comply the stipulated environmental standard before discharging it into any water bodies. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), there are 2743 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) in the country discharging their effluents into various water bodies, including rivers.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Death of wild animals in rail and road accidents, 07/01/2019. The number of death of wild animals in road and rail accidents in the country are not collated by the Ministry. However, as per information collected from the states the number of death of elephants, lion and tigers in road/rail accidents in the country as available with the Ministry during the last three years are given at Annexure I, Annexure II and Annexure III.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Wildllife Sanctuaries, 04/01/2019. Details of Wildlife Sanctuaries in the country is given in the Annexure-I. State-wise, Sanctuary-wise details of funds sought, sanctioned and utilised during the last three years and the current year under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of ‘Development of Wildlife Habitats’ is given in the Annexure –II.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on National Clean Air Programme, 04/01/2019. List of Non-Attainment Cities with Respect to Ambient Air Quality India to be Undertaken for Mitigation Measures under NCAP is at Annexure I. Source apportionment studies in the selected cities will be conducted by expert technical agencies like IITs, CPCB etc. List of operating ambient air quality stations under National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP) and Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) are enclosed at Annexure-II & III, respectively.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Increase in Forest Cover, 04/01/2019. For various developmental activities in the country, permission for diversion of the forest is granted by the Central Government under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. The forest land diverted under Forest Conservation Act, 1980 during the period from 01.01.2015 to 11.12.2018 is 52338.75 hectares. The State/UTs wise details are given in Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Generation of Waste, 04/01/2019. According to Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), 52.9 Million Tonne per Annum (MTPA) of solid waste is generated in the country,out of which 46% is processed. The State/UT-wise details are annexed.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Forest Village in Gujarat, 04/01/2019. As per information received from respective State Governments and Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the number of the forest villages and villages inside the core/critical tiger habitat in the country, State-wise including Gujarat, is given at Annexure-I. Developments work like road, drinking water, school, electrification, sanitation, etc are done in forest settlement villages by the respective line departments and forest department of a State Government.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Forest Fire, 04/01/2019. Forest Fires occur every year during summer due to various natural and anthropogenic reasons including accumulation of inflammable materials such as dry leaves, twigs, pine needles etc. Forest Survey of India (FSI), Dehradun, disseminates the satellite based forest fire alerts to the State Forest Departments and other registered users whenever forest fires are detected. The details of forest fire alerts issued to all State/ Union Territory Forest Departments during the last three years is given in Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Attack by Tigers, 04/01/2019. As reported by States, number of people killed in tiger attacks across the country during last three years and current year, is at Annexure-I. The National Tiger Conservation Authority has a three pronged strategy to prevent conflict between human beings and wild animals which is elaborated at Annexure-II.