Turning diesel generators sound-proof and making water and air clearance mandatory for housing projects are among the measures suggested by the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to fight the rising pollution in Kaushambi.
The recommendations form part of an affidavit UPPCB submitted before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday in response to a petition in 2015 filed by the Kaushambi Apartment Residents’ Welfare Association (KARWA) against the polluted surroundings. The NGT had ordered the UPPCB to file a detailed report on the steps taken to fight pollution. The petitioner KARWA later moved a contempt petition.
The development comes in the wake of the November direction of the green tribunal to file a status report in the matter.
“Some DG sets don’t have soundproof system; acoustic enclosure and mostly DG sets have insufficient stack height for emission than the prescribed norms in Environmental Protection Act, 1986,” the affidavit said with respect to DG sets installed in 23 high rises.
The board has said that the ambient air quality of Kaushambi may also be affected by municipal solid waste site at Ghazipur, construction activities in an around Kaushambi, very heavy density of traffic on road in front of Anand Vihar and industrial activities in Patparganj and Sahibabad industrial areas.
“It is also submitted that no housing project situated in Kaushambi area obtains consent from UPPCB,” the affidavit said. As per norms, any housing project built up area of more than 20,000 square metre should obtain water and air clearance under Water (Pollution Prevention & Control) Act, 1974 and Air (Pollution Prevention and Control) Act, 1981.
As a short-term measure, the affidavit suggests: “Noise level barriers should be created at all high traffic zones besides total ban on honking near residential areas.”
The board has also suggested that buses, tempos etc operating outside the gates of the bus station near Kaushambi be regulated.
It has also suggested construction of more of solid waste collection centres in the area.
UPPCB affidavit suggests measures to reduce pollution in Kaushambi
Sound proof systems, acoustic enclosure and increase of stack heights for emission from DG-sets,
Increase in number of temporary waste collection centers,
Decongestion of all roads by means of restricted commercial activities near to roads, malls and bus terminal areas; paving of all roads, bus terminal including traffic management,
Noise level barriers to be created at high traffic zones besides total ban on honking near to residential areas,
Required to stop private buses and autos illegally plying outside the bus terminal near Kaushambi,
Prohibition of unauthorized parking outside Kaushambi metro station, outside Pacific Mall and Yashoda Hospital,
Municipal solid waste disposal, garbage segregation should be proper and directions issued to nagar nigam,
Action plan for diesel buses operating from Anand Vihar by UP, Haryana and Uttarakhand,
Need for conduct of an environmental management plan by reputed institution,