Noida Authority turns lawbreaker!
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Noida Authority turns lawbreaker!

Authority officials, in charge of enforcing NGT rules, are the ones flouting them by burning waste in the open in Sec 79.

Noida Authority turns lawbreaker!

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has clear guidelines on the burning of waste in the open. However, Noida Authority, in charge of enforcing these rules, are the ones flouting them.  

About a month ago, a massive heap of waste was set on fire by the Authority at a landfill in Sector 79. Smoke from the site has been causing major respiratory problems for residents of Prateek Wisteria Apartments in Sector 77, which stands about a kilometre away. Ironically, it was the Authority's health department that had burnt the waste.

As per NGT guidelines, burning waste or dry leaves in open areas is prohibited and a punishable offence attracting a fine of Rs 5,000.  

Amit Gupta, a resident of Prateek Wisteria, has written to the NGT about the smoke. 

Project Engineer (Health) BM Pokhiryal does not have a concrete solution to the problem. "The fire will be doused in a day or two. We also have plans to shift the landfill elsewhere, so residents need not worry," he said.