When talking of apathy of civic authorities, perhaps the indifference of Noida authorities to the plight of Sector 137 residents is what exemplifies the attitude of those in power towards the common people.
For over a year now, residents of the area have been complaining of strong stench emanating from a dumpyard located in the neighbouring Sector 138. Constant and repeated complaints to authorities and civic body officials have proved futile.
On Sunday, a delegation comprising residents of different complexes in Sector 137 called on Noida MLA Pankaj Singh at his Sector 20 office to seek his intervention to save them from the horrible smell that enveloped the entire area, making living extremely difficult.
There are at least 50,000 residents of Sector 137 who are thus affected, and a few of them have contracted medical problems as well due to the strong stench.
The residents’ delegation told the MLA that officials in Noida were making only assurances but took no concrete action. The officials were telling the residents that once a new solid waste management plant came up at Astauli in Greater Noida, all the problems would be solved.
Ankur Arora, a resident of Paramount Floraville, a residential society in the sector, said, “Our plight has increased after we raised the issue with higher Noida officials. If they wanted, the officials could have solved the problem in a few days. But the officials are maintaining that only a solid waste management plant commissioning is the answer. And till it comes, we will have to live with this stench.”
The residents said that the MLA assured them that he would talk to Noida Authority officials and ensure a temporary solution to the problem. A member of the delegation told City Spidey that he had promised to personally visit the dumpyard and talk to officials to examine the extent of the problem, as also to make Noida officials come up with a quick solution.