At least a thousand buses belonging to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are parked along roads and lanes of Sahibabad Site 4—an industrial area carved out of several villages and in Dr Burman Road in Kaushambi. The residents of the industrial areas, namely the village residents of Karkarmodel, Jhandapur and Maharajpur villages as well as residents of nearby residential colonies of Surya Nagar, Brij Vihar among others have pointed out to the severe air pollution resulting due to these diesel buses plying through and parked in their area.
Environmentalist and resident of Karkarmodel Sushil Raghav said that despite this area being counted amongst the worst in terms of air pollution, the local authorities, roadways have failed to keep a check on haphazard parking of these buses in an industrial and residential area. He said that as Delhi borders are closed for these buses the UP authorities have turned a blind eye to the fact that the Kaushambi and Sahibabad bus depots that are situated in Ghaziabad do not have the capacity to park so many buses but even then have allowed so many buses to come here without proper parking plan.
Senior roadways officials were unavailable for comment. Raghav alleged that from Oct. 15 onwards GRAP will come into force in the entire Delhi-NCR banning all sorts of diesel run gensets. And allowing these diesel run buses within city limits will be a grave violation of the EPCA mandate as well as the NGT order. He said that despite the rising AQI levels that will become worse with winter months and the fear of corona still lurking in the air it a criminal act by the Ghaziabad authorities to have allowed so many buses to ply through and be parked in Sahibabad Industrial Area.
The parking of these buses in this area has also irked the industrial unit owners who said that this is resulting in traffic jams and further pollution and is also hampering their business.
Raghav has written to several authorities including the NCRPB, UPPCB and the DM Ghaziabad to take immediate action against parking of these buses in this area.