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Ghaziabad is in the list of 122 non-attainment cities that have been identified across the country based on the ambient air quality data from 2014-2018. While UPPCB has already prepared a short-term and a long-term action plan for tackling air pollution in the city, IIT-Delhi will provide technical inputs and analyse data to further improve action points, officials said.
Mahendra Singh Tawar, municipal commissioner, said, “Ghaziabad, over the past many years, has earned the dubious tag of being the country’s most-polluted city, but the Union government aims to reduce particulate matter by 30% in its 122 non-attainment cities that have been identified across the country. A sum of Rs 60 crore has been sanctioned after the tripartite pact was sealed on Friday.”
“As part of the agreement, IIT-Delhi will provide technical inputs and analyse data to further improve on our action plan to combat air pollution in the district,” added Tawar, who had accompanied mayor Asha Sharma to Delhi for inking the pact.
According to officials, GMC has identified heads under which it plans to allocate funds for reducing air pollution in the city. “These include Rs 10 crore each for constructing stone blocks to check roadside dust pollution and restoration of green belts. We have also earmarked Rs 20 crore for development of 200 parks within municipal limits while a certain amount will be spent on procuring anti-smoke guns and on conversion of diesel vehicles to CNG,” said Tawar.
The UPPCB’s action plan for controlling air pollution in Ghaziabad has already been vetted by the Union environment ministry and “work is on for its implementation”. “We have covered all the causes of air pollution — vehicular, industrial, construction, road dust pollution and open air garbage burning — under the plan,” Utsav Sharma, regional officer of UPPCB, told TOI.
“Plying of electric buses for public transport including establishment of adequate charging stations, maintaining at least 33% forest cover in the city, and launching extensive drives against open burning of biomass, crop residue, garbage and leaves, are some of the measures suggested to bring down air pollution levels in the city,” he added.
Meanwhile, IIT Delhi would also be providing technical support and knowledge to UPPCB in GB Nagar matters of air quality monitoring and pollution control. However, there is no funding for the district till now.