Ghaziabad tops in pollution level, claims councillor

March 16th, 2008 - 7:35 pm ICT by admin  

Ghaziabad, March 16 (IANS) Ghaziabad tops in pollution levels in the National Capital Region because of the district administration’s lax approach to the problem, a local municipal councillor said here Sunday. Rajendra Tyagi, Ghaziabad municipal councillor, claimed at a press conference that 621 city buses permitted to run on 22 sanctioned routes were no longer operational.

Instead, more than 6,000 illegal pollution-generating three-wheelers have replaced the city buses in collusion with the local traffic police and the transport department, he alleged. This, he maintained, was not only causing loss to the state exchequer but also contributing to the high pollution levels in the city.

This has led to a rise in pollution level from 300 microgram per cubic metre to 450 microgram per cubic metre in last one year, he added.

The councillor demanded an inquiry into the issue.

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