To address the growing menace of air pollution, the District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar on Thursday sent a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) demanding Rs 433.5 crore.
The District Magistrate, B N Singh, met with the Joint Secretary of MoEF&CC, Rakesh Kumar Singh on February 20. It was decided in the meeting that a high-level task force will be constituted to check the air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
According to Singh, he was also asked to prepare a proposal aimed at improving the air quality and providing clean air to the residents of the district. “Now we sent the proposal and waiting for a green signal to work on it,” Singh said.
The letter mentions that the authorities are following the directions and have prepared proposal for strengthening of infrastructure needed to reduce air pollution. It also states that they have also been receiving proposals from all concerned authorities of the district.
“The net budgetary requirement for the purchase of necessary vehicles or machinery essential for monitoring and controlling air pollution, operation and maintenance of same and giving work on contracts is estimated to be around Rs 433.5 crores,” read the letter.
"After the approval of the budget, we will start the work and our aim is to provide a clean environment to people of the district before the winter,” Singh said.
“Strengthening of the air quality monitoring system, increasing existing network, mechanical sweepers to cover the roads, water sprinkling will be done for dust suppression, we also want to develop green area adjacent to roads,” Singh added.
UPPCB needs Rs 6.3 crore for improving air quality monitoring network. The Noida authority requires Rs 192.50 crore (for a five-year contract) to increase existing network/length of roads covered by mechanised sweepers and Greater Noida authority wants Rs 2 crore for the same.
To increase the network of water sprinklers for dust suppression, Noida authority has sought Rs 8.84 crore to buy vehicles and equipment and Rs 54,46,80,000 for operations and maintenance. The Greater Noida sought Rs1.79 crore for the same.
For increasing green areas in form of vertical gardens as well as covering unpaved areas with the green belt to suppress roadside, the Noida authority needs Rs 26.8 crore (five-year plan) and the Greater Noida authority needs Rs6.4 crore for vertical gardens & composting pits.
To cover roads with interlocking/paver bricks/tiles, the Noida authority sought Rs 134.4 crore, which will cover 80 sectors.