Will NGT listen to Noida Authority's plea?
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Will NGT listen to Noida Authority's plea?

Pockmarked by potholes, Noida Authority wants to repair a 5-km stretch that falls under the elevated road. But there is a problem...

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In a recent development, Noida Authority has filed a petition requesting NGT (National Green Tribunal) to temporarily lift its ban on the use of hot-mix plants. This will enable them to resurface a 5-km stretch of the Master Plan 2 Road. Officials are hopeful NGT will lift the ban at least for a fortnight within which work will be completed. 

SC Mishra, Project Engineer, told City Spidey that NGT is scheduled to hear the plea on October 3. “The resurfacing work of the main and the service road will take 10 to 15 days. We hope to complete before Diwali,” Mishra said.

The stretch which falls under the city’s first elevated road (opened to the public on June 28) suffered damage during the construction of the elevated road. Thousands of commuters brave the road, pockmarked by potholes, daily.

On November 23, 2016, NGT had ordered the Noida and Greater Noida authorities, Gautam Budh Nagar police and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to inspect the  construction sites in their areas and penalise those causing air pollution. Following the order, authorities had, among other measures, shut 21 hot mix plants too.

"The moment NGT lifts the ban we will get into action. The commuters will not face any problems on the road after that,” Mishra assured.