Residents stage novel protest against Noida Authority, remove shirts
Hundreds of young Noida residents on Friday protested by removing their shirts against Noida Authority. An order by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), on the issue of solid waste management and a proposed waste-to-energy (WTE) plant at Sector 123, is the reason of conflict between residents and authorities.
Protesters raised slogans and burnt the effigy of Alok Tandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Noida Authority at Sector 71 chowraha and made it clear that they are not in agreement with authority’s decision of making a dump yard nearby their houses. “Dump yard near to our dwellings will have an adverse effect on our health and the land price will go down,” said Amit Chaudhary, a protester.
To intensify the protest, 12 out of 26 protesters arrested on Monday have started hunger inside the Jail premises in Greater Noida. They have also communicated their family’s members and co-protesters to continue the momentum outside and not to give up at any cost.
Anupam Oberoi, a resident of Sector 122 appealed the villagers and protesters not to be aggressive and to continue the protest peacefully, to avoid the incident of police lathi-charge once again.
Top officials of Noida Authority conducted a press conference and requested the protesters to take help of court for a solution. They assured that the authority is not doing anything illegal, they are just following the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.
“Waste-to-energy (WTE) plant tender is open and we will make this project at Sector 123 because we don’t have many options open for the dump yard,” said Alok Tandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Noida Authority.