Ludhiana: NGOs seek remedial action to reduce pollution, submit memo with DC

A group of NGOs, working under the banner of Public Action Committee (PAC), submitted a memorandum with deputy commissioner (DC) Surabhi Malik on Thursday, seeking remedial action to remove encroachments from green belts, repair potholed roads, stop industrial units from dumping waste into the Buddha Nullah etc.

The members criticised different departments, including municipal corporation (MC), Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) etc, for allegedly ignoring environmental issues.

The NGOs also demanded that the MC should stop construction of effluent treatment plants (ETP) in two daily complexes— Haibowal and Tajpur road as the ETPs would not be able to treat waste properly and the amount spent on the construction will be wasted.

Members, including Kuldeep Khaira, Jaskirat Singh, Kapil Arora, Amandeep Singh Bains, Gagnish Khurana, said potholed roads, including 200-feet road, Dhandari bridge, southern bypass etc, are not only taking a toll on commuters, but are also causing air pollution due to dust emission.

Khaira further said the civic body has failed to act against the encroachments on green belts/parks even after a list of such encroachments was provided to the authorities a few years back.

The members also demanded that the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) should install more air quality monitoring system devices (AQMS) in the city as per the action plan submitted with the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Also, the PPCB should act strictly against industrial units dumping untreated waste into sewer lines of MC, which is polluting Buddha Nullah, they said.

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