Ghaziabad: Fed up with the continuous accumulation of soot around them and careless attitude of authorities to recourse the issue, the residents of Crossings Republik are severely getting affected which is not only causing them health issues but also sometimes restricting them to go outside their houses.
There are a total 22 societies in Crossings Republik. There is a Continental Carbon India Limited factory which is just 500 meters away from the societies and ABES engineering college. It develops black carbon. Due to the carbon pollution, the glasses of the residents' flats turn black.
This issue is not something new. In the year 2018, the factory was temporarily shut down by the orders of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Though the residents were not happy with the temporary ban and therefore demanded the authorities for a permanent solution, but for some days now, the residents have again started tweeting about this problem while showcasing the pictures of their feet and hands turned black after coming back home from outside.
Earlier, the residents of Crossings Republik, Dundahera and Chipyana Buzurg, neighbouring villages and students of ABES engineering college had also hit the streets for protest, where they complained about the cases of cancer, skin diseases and asthma were rapidly increasing in nearby localities.
Many residents from Crossings Republik have now again started tweeting saying, “After several protests and temporary closures, nothing is changing with the continental carbon factory, Ghaziabad. Image of today, a gentle touch of the balcony and a clear indication of pollution emitted today. @UppcbG @UPPCBLKO @dm_ghaziabad @myogioffice can we expect a quick action?”
“@UPPCBLKO @CPCB_OFFICIAL @UppcbG @dm_ghaziabad @myogiadityanath third day in a row where you again see thick black Layer in the balcony. Is there a way to stop this menace by Continental Carbon, Ghaziabad?”
@UPPCBLKO @CPCB_OFFICIAL @UppcbG @dm_ghaziabad @myogiadityanath third day in a row where you again see thick black Layer in the balcony. Is there a way to stop this menace by Continental Carbon, Ghaziabad?— ansh2209 (@ansh22091) September 17, 2021
CitySpidey talked to several residents about their views and concerns. Deepak Chaudhary, a resident of Saviour Greenisle, Crossings Republik, said, “We complained many times to local authorities, state authorities and pollution control board but didn't get a permanent solution. Due to emission of carbon from the carbon factory opposite to CR, we are already suffering from a corona pandemic and emission of carbon is posing more threats of breathing and lung infection.”
“Carbon particles are coming inside the home and balconies. This situation is getting worse day-by-day. My family and I are facing lots of health issues like headaches, breathing problems etc. every day. I have a one-year-old daughter and due to the carbon pollution issue, we are not able to take her outside,” said Vinod Tiwari, a resident of Saviour Greenisle, Crossings Republik.
“The air of the district has reached a dangerous level, the Carbon Continental factory is spreading pollution and our children are falling prey to it. The people of Crossings Republik City also staged a sit-in to demand the closure of this factory. But no strict action has been taken by the administration yet,” said Abhishek Srivastava, a resident of Crossings Republik.
“This is due to carbon factory (continental carbon nearby) operating near Crossings Republik. These carbon soots are harmful to our health. As citizens, we are clear about one thing - if it is polluting so badly, there is a non-existent/sham/ineffective pollution control mechanism in the said factory,” said Chaitanya, a resident of Saviour Greenisle, Crossings Republik.
“So, concerned companies are responsible. CPCB has to take note of this and get the operations in the factory stopped till effective pollution control is established in the factory. There has to be a comprehensive audit. Earlier also, on complaints, the emission was reduced but again there is severe pollution,” he said.