Following the authority’s recent drive to penalise managements of societies for not having proper mechanism for waste disposal, residents of Greater Noida raised their objection, saying the authority should not run away from responsibility by just penalising the waste generators. Instead, the authority should take all stakeholders of the different societies on board for finding viable solution to the problem.
In Greater Noida, very few societies have installed SWM plant in their premises and mostly reliant on authority to collect their daily generated waste. Residents of highrises raised their concern that what if the management in a bid to escape penalties and collection charges, throw garbage out of their premises and dump it on road sides and open spaces.
“Problem of SWM could have been solved so far had it been just penalty. Problem is that management in many societies are not taking this issue seriously and similarly the authority leaving them after levying small amount of fine. More than two and half years have gone since SWM rules were implemented and very few societies have implemented it so far,” said Manish Kumar, a resident of Arhihant Arden.
Residents also want clarity on those societies where SWM system is not installed and have deployed vendors collect garbage and its disposal is responsibility of vendors. What action would authority take in such cases?
Alok Singh, a resident of Greater Noida and a representative of Active Citizen Team, urged the authority to work out a better plan to improve situation in all the societies. Pointing out the difficulties that different Apartment Owners Associations (AOAs) are facing to find a space for setting up of waste disposal system, Singh said that authority should intervene in the matter and work towards finding a solution.
The authority has taken a tough stand on the violations by the bulk waste generators in the city. Now, waste generators, who are still relying on collection by the Greater Noida Authority, will now have to shell out more from next month.
It will be applicable to all types of waste generators including residential societies and commercial units. The authority said that those waste generators who have not installed composting machines and are reliant on authority to collect their waste are liable to pay Rs 7,000 per trip to the authority.
Authority has also made it clear that charges (Rs 7,000 per trip) would be applicable only till November end and these charges may double after this month.