(Clean Air for Delhi Through Interventions, Mitigations and Engagement)

Project details

Funding bodies:

  • NERC (UK)
  • MRC (UK)
  • MoES (India)
  • DBT (India)


  • Newcastle University (UK)
  • UWE Bristol (UK)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)
  • National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (India)

Dates: 30 November 2016 - 29 November 2020

Project summary

The CADTIME (Clean Air for Delhi Through Interventions, Mitigations and Engagement) project aims to understand what is required to deliver significant reductions in levels of air pollution, within the confines of factors which are under our control, through affordable, effective interventions that consider and respond to future changes.

CADTIME brings together a consortium of institutions and experts from across both India and the United Kingdom with the goal of addressing air quality issues that affect people's health in Delhi. This goal will be achieved through the development of an Integrated Action Plan (IAP), detailing strategies and potential interventions for mitigating air pollution in both the city, and surrounding region.

The overall aim of this research is to develop and deliver a comprehensive, scientifically-robust, novel, integrated approach that manages industrial, domestic and vehicle emissions, in Delhi from a local to regional scale and creates a platform for research to inform policy decision-making.

Air pollution in Delhi is a complex problem with multiple sources and receptors and therefore multiple stakeholders. Furthermore, the implementation of these policies and practices must have the support and buy-in from businesses and the public. To achieve an integrated approach, stakeholder engagement is key to the development and delivery of this research.

Ultimately, the main beneficiaries will be those who live, work and go to school in Delhi and are exposed to health-damaging levels of air pollution on a daily basis. Reducing air pollution will have a direct impact on the health and well-being of Delhi's residents and workforce, both short-term and long-term as exposure is reduced over the 35 year implementation period of the action plan. As well as the obvious social benefits that this will achieve, both in terms of levelling the imbalance of social and environmental equity associated with air pollution alongside the quality of life improvements for all, there will be economic benefits in terms of health-cost savings and improved productivity.

Please email Dr Jo Barnes at for more details.

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