Central pollution authority chief directs UP to mitigate pollution in Noida
Bhure Lal has directed the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary to ensure dug-up roads, unpaved stretches and other public spaces in Noida are refurbished.noida Updated: Nov 01, 2017 17:09 IST
The chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), Bhure Lal, has directed the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary to ensure dug-up roads, unpaved stretches and other public spaces in Noida are refurbished to reduce air pollution.
He also asked the state government to calibrate the automatic air quality monitoring system as it is ‘not giving correct analysis’ of air quality index (AQI).
Bhure Lal’s letter to the chief secretary in this regard states that Noida’s air monitoring station located in Amity University along Noida-Greater Noida Expressway needs to be calibrated because it is showing a high level of pollution, which is incorrect, officials said.
Lal also held a meeting with the officials of the various pollution control boards in Delhi-NCR at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on Monday to discuss pollution and air quality in NCR.
In 1998, the Central government, acting on the order of the Supreme Court, had constituted the EPCA, which has the mandate to work on mitigating pollution in Delhi-NCR.
“Lal wrote the letter to the UP chief secretary after conducting an inspection of Noida’s sectors 74, 75, 76 and 77, among others areas, last Saturday. He found that dug-up roads, unpaved stretches and flouting of construction norms are the main causes of air pollution that are affecting residents. Therefore, he has asked the chief secretary to ensure action on these issues,” a UPPCB official said.
After Lal asked officials to calibrate the automatic air monitoring station at Amity University, the updates on AQI have been suspended. This is the only automatic air quality monitoring machine in Noida.
“The station is under the observation of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), to check if it is giving a correct analysis of air quality index or not. CPCB is scrutinizing this station because it shows air quality as ‘severe’, with the figure at 526, while other stations show a different reading for Noida. The CPCB will fix the machine in case of an anomaly,” said BB Awasthi, regional officer, UPPCB, Noida.