A team of Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB) completed the survey of air quality in Kaushambi, following a petition by residents. The officials also took note of the current pollution level with the help of ambient air quality monitoring instruments.
The Kaushambi Apartments Residents’ Welfare Association (Karwa) had filed a contempt petition at the National Green Tribunal (NGT), alleging negligence by authorities in preventing pollution in the area.
Kaushambi is located near the Anand Vihar interstate bus terminal and a UP Roadways bus terminal, where the level of PM10 and PM2.5 are almost 10 times the permissible limit. Heavy traffic flow at Maharajpur border also causes pollution. The area houses 21 highrises, with a population of around 10,000.
“During the survey, we photographed pictures of various places marred by open solid waste dumps and also traffic choke points. We had also installed an ambient air quality monitoring instrument to measure the current pollution level. The data will be compiled and submitted to NGT,” Paras Nath, regional manager, UPPCB, said.
The equipment to assess the air quality was installed at the T-junction near Panchmani Tower.
VK Mittal, president of Karwa, said, “UPPCB members have been visiting Kaushambi for the last few days. The team also took pictures of various sources of pollution such as encroachments, digging work, dusty roads and traffic choke points. Dusty stretches and improper disposal of solid waste, besides other issues, have worsened air quality.”
While hearing the contempt petition in November, NGT had directed UPPCB to file a report on the steps taken to curb pollution and dumping of solid waste in Kaushambi.
The tribunal had also directed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to file an affidavit on the steps taken to curb pollution from its casting yard in Sahibabad industrial area. The casting yard is located two kilometres from Kaushambi residential locality and is used to make segments for the 9.41km metro route in Ghaziabad.
Karwa had initially moved the green court in August 2015, following which NGT directed for short-term and long-term measures to be implemented within six weeks and six months, respectively, by agencies and officials including the municipal corporation, senior superintendent of police, district magistrate and UPPCB. During subsequent hearings, the tribunal also called upon UP Roadways and DMRC as additional respondents in the case.