Noida: Considering the possible inconvenience due to enforcement of graded response action plan (GRAP), confederation of NCR residents welfare association, an umbrella residents’ body, recently wrote to the environment pollution control committee.
Through the letter, the confederation drew the committee's attention towards the problems arising from its plan of implementing GRAP for bringing air pollution levels under control.
The letter states that residents agree with its plan of controlling air pollution as they too want an environment free from pollution. But putting a ban on operation of diesel gensets in the contemporary electricity supply system may lead to several problems for residents.
It said that gensets operate only in those residential societies or residential pockets where there is irregular power supply. But it is scheduled to ban its operation from October 15. If the committee goes ahead with its plan, it may cause several problems for residents. It argued that it would be better if the power supply system gets improved. It would relieve residents from running gensets as they would get uninterrupted electricity supply at their homes.
On the other hand, banning of gensets would also cause tremendous problems for the industry. They would have to keep their units shut during power outage or irregular power supply.
The confederation demanded that the committee should take these issues into consideration before going ahead with GRAP.
It suggested that there are several issues that also contribute to environmental pollution. If water sprinkling on roadsides and mechanised sweeping of roads are conducted on a regular basis, it would help in bringing down particle levels in the air.