We bring you a list of initiatives brought by Narendra Modi led-NDA government to save the environment.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan: Clean India Mission is a national campaign by the government, covering 4041 statutory towns, to clean the streets, the roads and the infrastructure of the country.

This campaign was officially launched on October 2, 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself cleaned the road. It is India's biggest ever cleanliness drive and three million government employees and school and college students participated in this event.

The mission was started by Prime Minister Modi, who nominated nine famous personalities for the campaign, and they took up the challenge and nominated nine more people and so on (like the branching of a tree). It has been carried forward since then with people from all walks of life joining it.

Air quality Index: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the commencement of India's first ever Air Quality Index (AQI) on 6th of April, 2015. The index has been launched to provide real time information about pollution levels which will initially monitor air quality in 10 cities of the country.

For now, the air quality can be measured in Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Each of these cities will have 6-7 continuous monitoring stations with Air Quality Index display boards, as said by the ministry.

Namami Ganga: On May 13, the Union Cabinet approved the flagship Namami Gange programme to clean and protect the Ganga, incorporating significant new funding and implementation elements.

Ganga, Yamuna, Gomti, Damodar, Mahananda, Chambal, Beehar, Khan, Shipra, Betwa, Ramganga and Mandakini have been shifted to a new Ministry NRCP which will look after 42 rivers and 195 towns spreading in 20 states.

Namami Gange is 100 percent centrally funded. The intention is to 'ramp up progress' of the Ganga clean-up mission, the government said in a release.

Urban forestry scheme: The Environment Ministry on June 6 will launch an urban forestry scheme which will involve afforesting degraded forest lands in and around 200 cities. On the occasion of World Environment Day, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the forestry scheme will act against climate change by creating a carbon sink and against air pollution in cities. The scheme will include a 'smriti van' service where any resident can plant a sapling in memory of his or her loved one by paying Rs 2000 to the state forest department.

The ministry is also considering starting tree surveys conducted by residents and college or school students. A plan is being worked out to create small nurseries of about 1000 to 2000 plants in government schools where there is some extra space.

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