On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) started issuing notices to housing complexes that have air-polluting generator sets. Notices have already been served to Prateek Wisteria in Sector 77, Civitech Sampriti in Sector77 and Amrapali Princely Estate in Sector76.
BB Awasthi, regional officer of UPPCB, informed City Spidey that a recent inspection has revealed that the developers of these societies have been violating prescribed norms as far as generator sets are concerned. “Most of these housing complexes have low-height chimneys that are aggravating the problem. Residents have been complaining that the toxic fumes are entering their homes through windows and causing a slew of respiratory ailments,” he explained.
Through the notice, UPPCB has ordered all developers to rectify these defects within a week, failing which they will be liable for punitive action as per the guidelines of the Air Prevention & Control of Pollution Act of 1981.
Last month, Amit Gupta, a resident of Prateek Wisteria, had written a letter to UPPCB and the district magistrate, complaining about the chimney heights. In response, an inspection was conducted that revealed that while the prescribed height of chimneys was 5 m and more, the existing height of most chimneys was only 1.5 m.
Supertech Capetown, a residential society in Sector 74, is a glaring example of this serious construction defect, which is mirrored by almost all residential complexes in Noida. Towers CMC2 and CV3 of Supertech Capetown is the worst affected and residents are now demanding that the chimneys be removed.
Bhupendra Routela, a resident of Supertech Capetown, said, “We have complained about the situation to the developer several times. However, he does not seem interested in rectifying the problem.”
“Residents have also lodged a complaint with the UP government’s Jan Sunwai portal, and they are likely to soon write a letter to the regional manager of UPPCB,” Routela added.