The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has recently has recently sent proposals to the Union Ministry of Environment, forest and climate change to the tune of Rs 73 crore to reduce pollution levels in Vizag.
The proposals submitted by the GVMC includes continuous ambient air quality monitoring systems, dust suppression and extraction systems and pollution monitoring machines, electric vehicles, development of greenery, heavy vehicle management and water sprinkler systems in dusty areas, etc.,.
Visakhapatnam is one of the 13 non-attainment cities of Andhra Pradesh identified by the environment ministry under its National Clean Air Programme. A non-attainment city is one that does not meet the national ambient air quality standards prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The NCAP is aimed at reducing air pollution levels in identified cities by decreasing the PM 10 and PM 2.5 concentrations by about 20 to 30% by 2024, taking 2017 as base year.
The Union government has already released Rs 36.5 crore as the first installment to Vizag, while the city is expected to get another Rs 36.5 crore in the second tranche, based on its performance, totalling Rs 73 crore.
As per proposals sent by GVMC, two additional continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations will be set up at a cost of Rs 2 crore. Six more air quality machines will be procured with Rs 2 crore. Rs 4.5 crore has been ear marked for electric mobility.
In addition to the existing four road sweeping machines, four more would be deployed in the city with about Rs 10 crore. New mini transfer stations would be set with about Rs 10 crore. For the second tranche of funding, the GVMC has proposed providing end-to-end paving of important roads with Rs 20 crore. Altogether, about Rs 12.6 crore has been allocated for greenery development in Kapuluppada dumping yard.
Speaking to TOI, GVMC Mayor G Hari Venkata Kumari said that the civic body will focus on reducing pollution levels in the city. “The civic body sent several proposals under the National Clean Air Programme to address the issue in the city.” said Hari Kumari.
Andhra University(AU), Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board and GVMC recently signed a tripartite MoU under the same initiative. As per the MoU, AU will act as a technical partner for the GVMC in implementing NCAP.