#WorldEnvironmentDay: Noida Seeks Rs 433-Cr Assistance From Centre To Fight Pollution
In a recent study by a mobile application brand, launched last month in Paris, breathing in Noida’s air is equivalent to smoking 9.2 cigarettes a day. This makes Noida world’s most polluted city. Now, in order to curb the rising pollution levels, the UP pollution control board in a letter to the union environment ministry has sought an assistance of Rs 433 crore. The assistance will be used for upgrading infrastructure that could help bring down pollution levels in Noida and Greater Noida.
The city that had not seen a single ‘good’ air day in the past five months until April, according to the Central Pollution Control Board, is now gearing up to give its residents some respite.
The proposal for funds, which is pending with the Centre for approval, has already been approved by the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh state government.
The infrastructure that the board plans to upgrade includes:
* Improving city’s air quality monitoring system at a cost of Rs 6.5 crore,
*Implementing a mechanised sweeping system to keep the roads clean at a cost of Rs 195 crore,
*Increasing network of water-sprinklers to reduce dust. The procurement will be done at a cost of Rs 65 crore,
*increasing the green coverage across the city by creating vertical gardens and covering up unpaved areas at a cost of Rs 33 crore, and
*covering roadside stretches using interlocking tiles to suppress dust at a cost of Rs 134.5 crore.
According to BN Singh, the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar in a Times of India report, the pollution has mainly been caused by major infrastructure development, especially large-scale construction, in the past few years. Roads, metro, flyovers and apartments are all being built in the two cities. This has led to rising dust pollution levels.