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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has come strongly reprimanded Noida Authority and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) for their inability to control pollution levels in Noida.
Residents of high-rise societies in sectors 74 to 77 had filed a case against both the bodies for not taking enough measures to curb pollution.
The hearing was held today and presided over by NGT chairman Shawtantra Kumar.
Dhananjay Kumar, who had filed the case and is a resident of Grand Ajnara Heritage in Sector 74, claimed during the hearing that Noida Authority was busy filling its own coffers by fining builders but not really doing anything to curb pollution in the city.
As evidence, he produced two videos before NGT.
In one, the builder is seen using dengue-infested drain water to sprinkle the premises of Grand Ajnara society and nearby areas. A shocked NGT ordered Noida Authority to take action against the builder.
For the past one week, air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR have hovered around “severe”, and NGT has promptly ordered all civic bodies to take suitable action to curb pollution in their respective areas.
But all Noida Authority has done is slap a fine to the tune of Rs 96 lakh on more than 50 builders!
In what could be a game-changer, Kumar added, NGT has asked all officials to produce an action plan and detailed reports before it, failing which the tribunal will fine the officials 10 times more than what the builders were fined.
Rajesh Kumar, officer on special duty (OSD) of Noida Authority, confirmed that NGT has ordered action reports to be produced before the court tomorrow.
"We will inspect the society, and will take action against Ajnara builder if found guilty,” Kumar added.TAGS: NGT / Noida Authority / Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board / UPPCB / Grand Ajnara Heritage / Sector 74
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