The authorities are turning Noida into a dumpyardâ€¦allege residents
Recently hundreds of residents from Noida Sector 22 and 23 along with villagers of Choda Gaon (in the vicinity of Khanpur) had staged a protest against Noida Authority for dumping the city’s waste in a vacant plot of Sector 54.
“The adjoining areas are densely populated. This callous action of the Authority will adversely affect people, animals and birds alike,” claimed protesters.
Speaking to City Spidey today, K Arunachalam, RWA member of Sector 22 said that he along with his colleagues had stopped around 20 trucks from dumping garbage at this site. “We have also written a letter to the Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath to intervene in this matter,” he added.
With the growing mounds of garbage, this vacant plot is beginning to resemble the Ghazipur landfill site. “Needless to say there will soon be a slew of health repercussions. We shall not allow the Authority to transform this plot into a landfill site,” Arunachalam added.
Infact residents of neighbouring sectors have started experiencing some adverse effects. In the words of Ramesh Shekhar, a city resident, “The stench has already reached the homes of people. Most houses cannot do without room freshners. People are also suffering from skin diseases.”
Protesters have informed City Spidey that the authority officials are fairly insensitive on their stand. “They are legally justifying their action on the ground that all land belongs to Noida Authority,” shared a protestor.
This is not the first time in recent months that people have protested against the Authority over the issue of garbage dumping. City Spidey had reported the massive protest staged by people of six sectors (Sector 117 to 122) against the Authority’s decision of shifting a garbage dumpsite from Sector 138 A to Sector 123.
The people are also protesting against the Authority’s proposal of establishing a waste-to-energy plant in Sector 123. This 25 acre plant is only 175 metres away from Homes 121, a residential society. This is a sheer violation of the Solid Waste Management Rules of 2016 that mandates a minimum distance of 200 metres between a landfill site and human habitations. This distance should also be adhered to as far as water bodies, highways, public parks and water-supply wells are concerned. The rules further prescribe a minimum distance of 100 metres between landfill sites and riverbeds.
Incidentally, the Noida Authority has earmarked a 110 acre landfill site in Greater Noida’s Astoli area for dumping solid waste. Once it is ready, regular waste from the area will also be treated here.