EPCA proposes to shift 950 buses out of polluted Anand Vihar
Anand Vihar is among the five places that have emerged as pollution hotspots in the National Capital Region, where the Air Quality Index hovers in the ‘very poor’ zone.delhi Updated: Oct 25, 2017 00:14 IST
The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has proposed to shift around 950 buses out of the Anand Vihar inter state bus terminus in Delhi to clear up the foul air.
Anand Vihar is among the five places that have emerged as pollution hotspots in the National Capital Region, where the Air Quality Index hovers in the ‘very poor’ zone.
The others areas that have come under scanner are Ghaziabad, Noida Sector 125, Faridabad and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan.
“Around 1,800 buses that ply in Delhi use the terminus. Another 950 buses coming from UP and other places also use this facility. There is a bus stand across the road, which falls in Uttar Pradesh, that has ample space. The 950 buses could be accommodated in that terminal,” said Bhure Lal, chairman of EPCA who visited the two terminals with a team of senior government officials on Tuesday.
The transport commissioner of Uttar Pradesh has been called in the next review meeting and a decision will be taken after that.
Suggestions to increase the length of the foot over bridge so that pedestrians can reach the bus terminus and metro station without crossing the road also surfaced in the weekly review meeting of EPCA.
EPCA has directed the pollution control bodies of both Delhi and the NCR states to come up with an action plan on how to control the pollution level in these five areas.
“Find out the main sources of pollution, identify the departments, which have to take actions and prepare a time-bound action plan. But we need to the pollution level of these areas as they are in turn increasing the AQI of the entire NCR,” said Sunita Narain, EPCA member.
Garbage burning in the open, uncovered construction sites, unmetalled roads, trucks transporting construction and demolition dust, high vehicular density, stone crushing units and industries are among the many factors that are contributing triggering pollution in these areas.
On Tuesday, the AQI of all the pollution hotspots were above 350 while Ghaziabad with 406 had the foulest air quality in the country.
In the meeting, Rajasthan officials said to have commissioned a study through IIT Kanpur to find ways to combat pollution at Bhiwadi, which has emerged as one of the most polluted spots in NCR this year. EPCA suggested similar studies for other polluted areas.
“We are not issuing any directions today. All we need to do is to step up vigilance to keep situations under control,” said Narain.