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NGT directs forming committee to reduce air pollution in Kaushambi

The apex body of Kaushambi residents’ welfare associations, Karwa, had moved NGT in September 2015 and later filed a contempt petition against the Ghaziabad agencies in July 2016 as several measures to reduce air pollution were not implemented.

noida Updated: Aug 24, 2018 15:00 IST
HT Correspondent
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The apex body of Kaushambi residents’ welfare associations, KARWA, filed a contempt petition against various Ghaziabad agencies in July 2016 for failing to implement measures to reduce pollution in Kaushambi. (Sakib Ali / HT File Photo )

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed constitution of a committee to implement recommendations for reducing air pollution in Kaushambi. The committee will comprise the divisional commissioner of Meerut, representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board (CBCB)and the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation.

The tribunal gave these directions while disposing of a contempt petition filed by Kausmabi Apartments Residents’ Welfare Association (Karwa), the apex body of Kaushambi residents’ welfare associations. The Karwa moved NGT in September 2015 and later filed a contempt petition against the Ghaziabad agencies in July 2016 as several measures were not implemented.

“The Ghaziabad Development Authority erected the height barriers and the roadways concreted the Kaushmabi bus stand at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore. However, the corporation and the police were lax in their duties and we moved a contempt petition. The tribunal also ordered the formation of a committee that later gave several recommendations on our issue,” VK Mittal, president of Karwa, said.

The tribunal had earlier sought a report from a team of representatives from the CPCB, UP Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee. The team was directed to inspect the site and take air quality samples for identification of pollution sources.

Accordingly, a report was submitted before the tribunal to the effect that the pollution components — PM10 and PM2.5 — were in excess of the prescribed limit. The authorities were directed to adopt short-term and long-term measures to tackle the situation.

However, only a few measures were taken, Karwa said in its contempt petition. The tribunal sought a compliance report and it was filed on March 22, 2017.

With a view to implement the recommendations, the NGT has now directed constitution of a committee to be headed by the divisional commissioner, Meerut.

  • Long-term and short term measures to be taken to control/minimise the pollution
  • Modernise Kaushambi bus depot and Anand Vihar ISBT and ensure smooth flow of traffic in the area
  • Shift the exit gate for buses at Kaushambi bus depot to the left side of the passenger entry gate
  • Roads adjacent to Wave Cinema needs to be paved
  • Two bin system for solid waste management needs to be implemented.

“The divisional commissioner may convene a meeting with the representatives within one month. The said committee may thereafter consider the matter and issue appropriate directions to the authorities concerned for implementation of the recommendations,” the tribunal said in its order on August 20.

Kashambi high-rises house an estimated 10,000 persons. The area is near the Anand Vihar ISBT, Kaushambi bus stand, Site 4 industrial area and Ghazipur landfill site.

Municipal commissioner CP Singh said, “We will check the directions given by the tribunal and comply with them.”

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 14:36 IST