Residents of Ghaziabad city hailed the ban on firecrackers sale. They said that the court directives are not always implemented properly by agencies and called for the stringent implementation of the decisions to check pollution.
“The major factor contributing to pollution in Delhi-NCR is dust, layers of which can be found on all major roads. This is followed by use of adulterated fuel in diesel vehicles. Then, we have industries and burning of leftover crops, which release toxic gases. Unlike in advanced countries, there is no concept of sweeping roads in the night and sprinkling of water to contain dust. If agencies can control the spread of dust, pollution will reduce by nearly half. Garbage burning is also rampant and should be checked,” VK Mittal, president of Kaushambi apartment residents’ welfare association (Karwa), said.
“Pollution is not confined to a geographical boundary. Our area is majorly affected by vehicular pollution from Delhi’s Anand Nagar bus terminal,” he said.
Kaushambi is located next to Delhi’s Anand Vihar ISBT. Post Diwali, PM10 and PM2.5 levels in the area were around 15 times the permissible limits
Karwa had filed a contempt petition against state agencies for not following green norms. National Green Tribunal had directed the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board to file a report on steps taken to curb pollution, waste dumping and spread of dust in Kaushambi area.
Pollution in other parts of the city such as Indirapuram, Raj Nagar Extension and on NH-24 is also rampant due to major housing constructions.
Vikrant Sharma, an environment activist, said, “Fireworks are only one of the reasons for air pollution. Courts have issued directions from time to time regarding construction activities, water pollution, waste burning etc. However, agencies have implemented the order half-heartedly.”
“Since there is a ban on the sale of fireworks now, it is the responsibility of the state agencies to implement the order. However, it is also the duty of the government to provide other jobs to those involved in the business. Implementing the directions without rehabilitating those affected is not in the interest of the society,” he said.