The Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB), the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration, the Noida and Greater Noida authorities have decided to carry out a campaign on March 3 seeking public support in mitigating air pollution. The administration has decided to celebrate March 3 as ‘Paryavaran Sankalp Divas’.
The campaign aims at roping in all residents, including school and colleges students, to take an oath of working for the environment.
The UPPCB has also appealed to schools, colleges and other interested private parties to join them in raising awareness about increasing air pollution and methods to reduce the same.
The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration has directed all government agencies to devote March 3 to educate people about the need to adhere to environmental laws to curb pollution.
“The district administration has directed us to educate people about the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) orders on air pollution in detail. We will educate the public as we alone cannot fight air pollution,” Dr BB Awasthi, regional officer of the UPPCB, Gautam Budh Nagar, said.
The National Green Tribunal, on November 23, 2016, had directed the district administration, UPPCB and Noida and Greater Noida authorities to take strict action against those flouting environment norms and causing pollution.
NGT had also appointed the district magistrate as the nodal officer to seek a weekly action-taken report from all agencies. The district magistrate is also empowered to take action against officials who are not adhering to the tribunal order.
“We appeal to schools and colleges to organise cultural events on the theme of environment preservation on March 3. The administration may also honour schools, colleges and private/government bodies that contribute positively in seeking support to protect the environment,” Awasthi said.
Officials said that students and officials will take an oath to preserve the environment at schools, colleges and offices, respectively, in the morning. Officials will carry out a drive against offenders in the second half of the day.
Authorities are levying a fine of Rs5,000-Rs50,000 on those flouting construction norms and burning waste.