Why is the Ghaziabad dust bowl the point of contamination of India?
GHAZIABAD: Dust that will not disperse and traffic congestion that is not alleviated: the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified these as the factors that exacerbate air pollution in one of the most polluted cities in the country in this moment.
“We identify more than 20 areas in the city where dust pollution is the most severe. Different agencies and departments have been asked to carry out water spraying since the Graduated Response Action Plan came into effect. The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation is responsible for spraying water along a stretch of 90 km within the municipal limits of the city and mechanized sweeping along another 106 km. stretch, ”said a district official.
On paper, water is being sprayed regularly in several sections: Mohan Nagar to GT Road, Sahibabad to Maharajpur, Sahibabad to Chandra Vihar, Meerut Road to Dudheshwarnath Temple, Vasundhara to Prahladgarhi and Dabur Chowk to UP Gate, among others, to control pollution by dust
On the ground, it doesn't show. The unpaved sections (in Nandgram, Rashid Nagar de Loni, Bhatta Number 5 Road in Sikroad, the diversion of Vijay Nagar and Siddharth Vihar) remain cloudy in dust throughout the day.
The official explanation was that these roads are interior. “These sections are sources of dust pollution, but they are internal roads within the colonies. We have taken care of the main roads, which are in good condition, ”said the district official.
Then there are areas, in Indirapuram and Shastri Nagar, without green pavement, which also does not help control dust. The vice president of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), Kanchan Verma, offered a defense: “Green pavements have been made in most parts of the city, but there are still many pavements to cover. The immediate problem we face is the invasion of street vendors. Evicting them from the roads is a great challenge, so we have not been able to complete the green pavement in many sections. ”
For now, the Authority has identified sections that it plans to develop as model paths. “We have selected 10 places where these model roads will have green pavement. But the work will be finished only for next year, ”added Verma.
For traffic congestion, the other major contributor to Ghaziabad pollution, the GDA has brought on board the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) to prepare a traffic mobility plan.
“The CRRI has indicated 14 main intersections with the highest traffic congestion: the most prominent is GDA Old Bus Stand, Choudhary Mor, Indirapuram SRS Cinemas and Kanawani Intersection. The CRRI has also recommended changes in road design in some places. We have implemented the recommendations in Indirapuram and we will soon do it in other parts of the city, ”Verma said.