An inspection team of the health department of Greater Noida Authority on Thursday penalised the management of Panchsheel Greens 1, 2 for not complying with the Solid Waste Management rules.
During an inspection, it was found that the waste disposal system as prescribed under the SWM rules was not installed at both the highrise residential societies.
The authority imposed a penalty of Rs 52,400 against the management of the Panchsheel Greens. On the other hand, a penalty of Rs 26,200 was imposed on Panchsheel Greens 2.
One of the members of inspection team said sanitary condition of both the societies was very poor. “We did the inspection of the society on the complaints of residents. We found serious lapses on the part of the management regarding the waste management in the society,” he said.
“It is appalling that such kind of violations were done by the management when authority is serious on the matter and have been taking actions against the violators. Sewage Treatment Plant was also not operating at optimum capacity,” he added.
Residents of both the societies have been constantly complaining about the waste management. They said that they had to bear with the stink emanating from the waste dumped at the societies.
A resident of Panchsheel Greens 1, Jitendra Jha said, “There has been constant lapses in collection of waste. It has been a bone of contention at the society for a long time. Despite several complaints, the management did not bother to improve the situation.”
On the other hand, the management has been struggling to set up waste composting machine within the premises.
Earlier, the Greater Noida Authority had penalised the society for not operating compost machine at the society. Following the action, the society was asked to set up the compost machine as earlier as possible.
When the management started to find a place for setting up of the compost machine, it experienced great difficulties. They decided to set up compost machine below one of the towers in the society.
But the management started experiencing tough resistance from the residents of the towers. Whenever the management tried to set up compost machine below any tower, its residents started protesting saying that this would create a mess below their tower.
Vikash Kumar, president of Apartment Owners Association (AOA) of Panchsheel Greens said, “We are facing difficulties in finding space for waste composting machine. This is causing delay in its set up. However, the management has already ordered for the machine. It will be done on priority.”