Ghaziabad: Indrapuram, is getting inundated with a piling up garbage issue. According to the area residents, there is an unchecked accumulation of garbage in the local municipal garbage dump.
The facility of segregating and recycling the garbage is also not being carried out by the municipal authority.
The municipal dump yard in Shakti Khand- 4 of Indirapuram is under use for around the last seven years. It is noteworthy that Ghaziabad authorities are facing problems of disposing of garbage in other parts of the city. After the shut down of Raj Nagar extension dumping ground, the authorities are unable to find any replacement. The galand dumping ground is also facing a huge protest against it. This is also one of the probable reasons for the sudden increase in the amount of garbage in the Indirapuram dumping ground.
Such a huge accumulation of garbage in a densely populated area is a real health risk. The air and land quality are getting affected because of this. Moreover, the site is proving to be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Avneesh Kumar, AOA president, Angel mercury says, “ The continuous garbage dumping in the area has polluted the air and the groundwater of the locality. Immediate action is required, else this place would also turn into Ghazipur, which is one of the biggest dumping grounds in India. The air pollution is also severe in the area and this dumping yard is playing a major role in it.” He further added, “ Indirapuram is considered one of the best places to live in Ghaziabad but this dumping yard may change that opinion.”
Alok Kumar, Founder of the federation of AOA, says “Ghaziabad Development Authority had committed in front of National Green Tribunal that they will solve this issue but they didn’t do anything. We are still facing the same problems because of the dumping ground. If the authorities won’t take any action, then it will surely affect the image of the Government adversely and they will have consequences in the upcoming election.”
A GDA worker on condition of anonymity said, "The NGT has imposed a fine of 1 crore on Municipal Corporation. NGT asked the Municipal corporation to take care of the excess accumulating garbage, but they were unable to do it in the given time.”
Dr Bharti Garg, Founder, Director of Asmee foundation says, “ We as a foundation are working in segregating the solid waste and recycling it. We are concerned about the issue of the dump yard in Indirapuram. As a unit, we are trying to take every possible effort to address this issue.” She further added, “ We are also working to spread awareness among common people in managing wet waste at their homes.”
Arvind Kumar Chaudhry, Executive Engineer of Ghaziabad Development Authority said, “The responsibility of garbage management has been given to Municipal Corporation Ghaziabad. They are doing the Bioremediation of the waste with the help of Geron Engineering. GDA has already given over rupees 2 crores to the corporation for this project. They have assured us that the problem of residents will be resolved within two months.”