Noida: Before Diwali, the air in Noida and Greater Noida has already worsened. On Monday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the two cities shifted from Orange Zone to Red Zone. Every year, the air of Noida and Greater Noida remains polluted long before Diwali, but this time it was good because of rain and wind. The AQI remained in the Yellow and Orange zones for most of the day, but now the pollution has started increasing again. Today, the AQI in Noida is above 300 reflecting that the air quality is hazardous.
Few active residents of Noida have been continuously raising their voices on pollution via Twitter and emails to the concerned authorities. Amit Gupta, a resident of 7X has written a letter to the Supreme court and National Green Tribunal. He said in the letter, “For the last one month, we have sent n number of emails to the Central Pollution Control Board. In fact, despite 3 letters from the Commission for Air Quality Management, the Noida authority has not even replied, forget about taking any action."
Furthermore, he added that today's newspaper has the story about how CPCB failed miserably to take action on complaints, just 10% of complaints are resolved. "I don't think CPCB or their officers are serious about pollution issues at NCR, especially Noida. Just like the Noida authority, district administration CPCB has closed its eyes on pollution violations and doing formalities. CAQM was the last hope but after the last 6 weeks of follow up, it was proved wrong. Residents are at the mercy of the system, violators, and pollution."