The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) might finally be on the verge of weeding out an illegal stone-crusher located on the flood plains of Hindon river near Ahinsa Khand 2 of Indirapuram.The authority has chalked out a plan to vacate the floodplains and demolish structures which include stone crushers and illegally set up banquet halls. The drive is scheduled for Monday and the GDA has sought assistance from the district administration, Ghaziabad police, municipal corporation and the irrigation department.
Residents of high rises in Ahinsa Khand 2 have been complaining of severe dust pollution due to the operations of the stone crusher near the residential area. Moreover, residents said that trucks carrying construction material from the crusher pass though the densely populated residential area round the clock.
“We along with the authorities have failed to install a height barrier on the road on several occasions. Movement of trucks could not be stopped. The barrier was installed but was uprooted by miscreants,” said Alok Kumar, President of Federation of Apartment Owners Association and an Ahinsa Khand 2 resident.
Residents said that the stone crushing unit had come up around 3-4 years back and had possibly shifted from Noida under pressure from the National Greens Tribunal. Residents of Niho Scottish Garden, the residential society located nearest to the stone crusher said that the crushing of stones generates dust which flows into their living quarters and pollutes their domestic environment.
Further, the residents of the area claimed that they have been complaining to the authorities about the stone crusher since the last few years but no action has been undertaken till now. “Over the last several years, this the first time any direct action has been initiated against the stone crusher. We hope that it is removed permanently,” Kumar added.
RP Singh, enforcement in-charge of GDA, said that the stone crusher is illegally located on the flood plains and confirmed the authority’s plan to remove it.