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With Lucknow leading the list of most polluted cities for the third consecutive day, the district administration Friday sought a detailed report from Central Pollution Control Board within next three days, saying that the data being cited was giving an “incorrect” picture.
“The data on which the issue has been highlighted (by media) has been questioned…the data given doesn’t represent the true and correct picture,” District Magistrate Rajshekhar said after a meeting held to discuss the reasons as well as corrective and preventive measures to be taken on this regard.
“The district administration has requested the CPCB to submit a detailed report in next three days on the data and reportings in various media so that a correct picture can be presented and preventive and corrective measures can be taken,” the DM said.
The DM said a major source of air pollution in the city as of now is vehicular movement. As per the recent reports of Road Transport Office (RTO), there are nearly 20 lakh vehicles plying on roads currently. “There is a provision for regular pollution check of vehicles and more than 130 authorised agents are doing these checks and issuing certificates. RTO has been directed to ensure that regular checking of pollution (once in six months) is carried out and the testing is done in a proper and scientific manner,” the DM said.
Other measures discussed in the meeting included starting a special drive against vehicles, which are on road without pollution control certificate even after a year of registration, checking adulteration in petrol and diesel, and proper defined routes and locations for taxis and autos so that air quality is ensured at major traffic points.
Building materials was found to be another major cause of pollution during the meeting. “The many ongoing construction works are also a major source of particulate matters and preventive measures have to be taken by LDA and Nagar Nigam to ensure the timely and speedy completion of works and safe handling of cement and sand materials,” he said.
Nagar Nigam has been strictly instructed to bring out good mechanism to stop open burning of waste, he added.
No official from CPCB was present at the meeting. CPCB zonal officer Pradeep Mishra did not attend calls of either district dministration officials or of the media.