The entrance to the Pink City Jaipur is being guided to the visitors by the Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel which is nestled on the Agra Road. The Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel dates back it's built about 3 years back. The tunnel is 1700 meters long in its length.
It has been observed that the riders of vehicles in this tunnel are suffering from exhaustion and asphyxiation. The tunnel is equipped with 20 exhaust fans in its interior but majority of them are not in a working condition. The non-working condition of these exhaust fans inside the tunnel is leading to a build-up of the smoke that is emitted from the vehicles that causes suffocation to the people riding inside it.
The Ghat Ki Guni tunnel is built with two sides, just like a normal road. One side of the road leads the riders from the city of Jaipur to Agra and the other side of the road leads the riders from Agra to the city of Jaipur. The Jaipur to Agra road is 865 meters long whereas the Agra to Jaipur road is 835 meters long.
In a day's span of 24 hours, an approximate of more than 20,000 vehicles pass through the tunnel.
No pollution checks:
There has been no pollution check being done inside the tunnel since the time of its built. The maintenance and care of the tunnel is being overlooked by the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), which also has not made any provisions for maintaining a pollution check inside the tunnel.
Rain water also seeps in through the walls of the tunnel. Another miss in the tunnel is that its lights are not functioning properly and do not light up the way of the riders.
It has been known and said that there was a night market to be developed in the interior of the Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel. Security of the buildings of the tunnel was also to take place to help the tourists to visit these buildings. Present scenario has no night market or even anything near to it being developed.
Officers of Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) on being asked about the non-working state of the exhaust fans inside the Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel, stated that the exhaust fans are automatically operated. Employees inside the control room of the tunnel stated that when the pollution level crosses 50 PPM (parts per million), the exhaust fans are started by them.
What’s contradictory here is that if the fans are automatically operated, then why don’t they work by themselves when the pollution level rises or if they are turned on by the employees of the control room, then why is there a carelessness in turning the exhaust fans on when pollution is experienced.
All the exhaust fans installed in the Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel operate automatically. When smoke or pollution levels rise inside the tunnel, the fans automatically begin to work. The fans can also be operated manually from the control room. Repairing of the dead fans will be done now.
-Sanjeev Kumar Jain, Superintendent Engineer, Jaipur Development Authority
There has been no complaint that has been registered on account of measuring the pollution inside the Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel. If there is a complaint filed against this, then the pollution check will be performed. In the best of our efforts, we will try to resolve all the issues faced that are faced.
-Vikram Singh Sankhala, State Pollution Control Board
Vehicles which pass through the Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel and are overloaded and in avoidance with the laid traffic rules, then the traffic police on duty there charges a penalty fee (Challan) for such vehicles. Even after this if overloaded vehicles are passing through the tunnel then other strict measures will be followed.
-Mukesh Joshi, Traffic Department