As Noida’s air quality turned ‘severe’, the city administration, pollution department and police have swung into action. Joint enforcement drives were conducted in different parts of the city and three stone crushers and five generators were seized on Yamuna floodplains.
The air quality index (AQI) of Greater Noida also increased to ‘very poor’.
On Tuesday, the AQI of Noida was recorded at 408 in the day, up from 352 on Monday.
In Greater Noida also, the AQI jumped to 394 from 385 on Monday. Officials seized four vehicles (a car and three stone crushers) from an illegal crushing site during a joint crackdown by the administration, pollution board and police. The unit’s operator, however, managed to escape.
Shailendra Kumar Singh, Noida's city magistrate, said that the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had laid down clear guidelines to check pollution levels across the NCR. “We had received information about illegal stone crushers running along the Yamuna floodplains. A raid was conducted and three stone crushers and five generators were found near Pushta Road. However, the operator, Pal Singh, managed to escape before the team reached the spot.” Singh said.
The magistrate further added that a search has been launched to nab Pal Singh who will be booked under the Gangster Act.TAGS: Noida’s air quality / pollution department / stone crushers / Yamuna floodplains / air quality index (AQI) / Greater Noida / city magistrate