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GreNo- Environmentalists raise the issue of open burning of industrial waste

Tanwar said that this incident that has become normal in Greater Noida is against pollution norms

GreNo- Environmentalists raise the issue of open burning of industrial waste

Residents from various sectors of Greater Noida are raising their concerns over the rampant dumping and burning of industrial waste. A similar incident was shared by two environmentalists Ramveer Tanwar and Vikrant Tongad.

Open dumping of garbage in Greater Noida

Ramveer Tanwar, Environmentalist, lake and water conservationist, says, “Last night, a truck dumped Industrial waste in the green belt of Super Tech Roundabout, Sector 37, Greater Noida. As seen very often it is likely to catch fire in a day or two causing immense air pollution”.

Tanwar said that such incidents have become disturbingly normal in Greater Noida and flout all the pollution norms.

Similarly, Vikrant Tongad, Environment conservationist, raised similar concerns. Says he, “In Sigma-2, Greater Noida, it is common to see industrial waste getting dumped and which often catches fire later on.”

He added that whenever a complaint is filed, the officials do go for a site inspection. The authorities also do a clean up job but things do not move beyond it. There are occasional incidents where these waste dumping industrial units are fined too, provided they are identified through markings on the waste material. Yet, many industries continue to dump their waste on open land and then some unknown people burn this waste. “A meeting should be conducted on this issue with all the industry owners to find out where exactly they are disposing of their industrial waste. For 5-6 years, I have been watching this and it is time we find a solution,” he says.

Tongad has appealed to people to tag him and his organization on Twitter with the hashtag #SelfieWithPollution along with a photo of the pollution spot. This way they will try to take action by sending it to the concerned officer.

Salil Yadav, Deputy General Manager, heading the health department, Greater Noida Authority, says, “Our team is on site inspection for both the cases. We will impose a penalty on the culprits.”