Ghaziabad city accepted ₹15 crore for air quality improvement this fiscal.
The city is already listed in the 16 unattainable areas of the Northern Territory, suffering from high levels of pollution. It is ranked as the second most polluted city in the World Air Quality Report -2021 after the Rajasthan Bhiwadi. The annual exercise undertaken by Switzerland-based firm IQAir surveyed 6,475 cities worldwide.
Cities will be declared “non-performing” if they do not meet national ambient air quality standards for Particulate Matter (PM10) or Nitrogen Dioxide (No2) over a five-year period.
“This year we have received ₹15 crore for improving air quality. This is one of the installments and we are expected to get more money. We make plans and present them at meetings before implementation, ”said Mahendra Singh Tanwar, Municipal Commissioner of Ghaziabad.
“We lost some points due to high pollution levels in Loni last year. We raised objections and these were approved by the state government.
According to officials of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), local pollution sources are largely suppressed, but work is being done in terms of logistics activities.
According to official data from UPPCB, the average PM2.5 level in Ghaziabad was 211 µg / m³ in 2019-20, 228 /g / m³ in 2020-21 and 178 µg / m³ in 2021-22).
“There has been an improvement in air quality in the city and with the release of new money, more steps will be taken. Enforcement measures have also been strengthened against polluters,” said Utsav Sharma, regional officer of UPPCB.
At the beginning of May, the GRAP subcommittee directed various agencies to implement dust control measures such as automated road sweeping, construction and dust mitigation at Debris (C&D) sites, as well as the implementation of emission standards in industrial units.
“The pollution situation has improved over the past year due to the completion of infrastructure projects such as the prolonged rainy season and the Delhi Meerut Expressway. Urban-based environmentalist Akash Vashishtha said farmers’ emptying of the UP-gate protest site also improved traffic congestion and led to smoother traffic, leading to higher pollution.
Speaking to Raj City Councilor Rajendra Tyagi, Air Quality Improvement may be less this year due to pollution.
“The city can’t do much in terms of pollution. In addition, funding and use of it should be made public. People need to know where the money is being spent to improve air quality. Official statistics suggest some improvement, but independent oversight. Reports from agencies like IQair tell us a different story.” Included.