Wait for mechanical sweepers, sprinklers are getting longer: The Tribune India
Ludhiana, May 14
Even more than a year after making big announcements to buy mechanical sweepers, smog guns and sprinklers to control pollution levels in the city, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has yet to ensure availability. of these machines.
According to reports, Rs 104 crore has been released by the central government under the National Clean Air Program (NCAP), but various projects are yet to be completed in the industrial city. Sources said previous work had not been completed on schedule as per guidelines.
Notably, the central government had previously introduced NCAP to improve air quality in cities across the country. According to one study, road dust contributes 28%, biomass burning 18%, vehicle pollution 16% and industrial pollution 35% of the city’s total air pollution load.
Earlier, MC authorities announced the purchase of four mechanical sweepers to clean the main roads of the city. One machine was to be deployed in each of the four areas of the MC. However, these machines had not yet been purchased.
An official said 16 tankers would be received by the civic body by next week. The process of purchasing 50 trailers, eight backhoe loaders and two anti-smog guns was underway, he said.
Sources said only Rs 19 crore out of Rs 26 crore had been released for this year after the city got low ratings.
The MC’s additional commissioner, Aaditya Dachalwal, said Rs 104 crore had been received for Phases I and II. He said some points were deducted because the PPCB did not do the review work after completing a study. They were also making efforts to secure the remaining funds, he added.
“Fifty percent of the funds are used to buy machines. Civil works, including the development of green belts, are ongoing,” he said.