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Noida landfill issue trends on Twitter; protesters carry dummy of MP on donkey

Posted: Jun 16, 2018     By Avishek Dubey

As the Noida Authority started dumping of waste at Sector-123 despite huge opposition, the agitated residents are now taking their crusade to next level by escalating it on social media. The residents have now started tweeting against the landfill with hashtag #NoidaAgainstDumpyard.

The residents continuously tweeted for two hours against the landfill which made the hashtag #NoidaAgainstDumpyard trend on Twitter. In the tweets, residents were also tagging Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Prime Minister of India, District Administration of Gautam Budh Nagar, local MLA, local MP and many more persons.

At 1.30 pm, the hashtag #NoidaAgainstDumpyard was trending at 3rd position on Twitter with more than 16,000 tweets by residents. At 4 pm, the hashtag #NoidaAgainstDumpyard was trending at the 10th position on Twitter. A total of 63,340 tweets have been made on Twitter in last one month.

On the other hand, the villagers and residents of nearby areas conducted a protest at the landfill site in Sector-123. They carried dummies of Union Minister and local MP Dr Mahesh Sharma and local MLA Pankaj Singh on donkeys at the procession.

As well, a group of residents and villagers conducted protest march from Gate No-4 of Noida Stadium in Sector-21A to District Magistrate, BN Singh’s residence in Sector-27. The residents also handed over a letter to DM requesting him to stop the dumping of waste citing health hazards. They also sent a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Anupam Oberoi, a resident of Sector-122 told City Spidey that local administration and the government should roll back this decision as this dump yard and waste to energy plant will affect more than 10 lakh people in Noida and Noida Extension. “The hashtag #NoidaAgainstDumpyard is among top trends on Twitter and it surpasses FIFA World Cup and Eid Festival,” he added.

Residents said that the garbage has already started stinking within two days of dumping. The garbage is being dumped in open areas. All environmental norms are being violated openly without any concern for public health. It will damage the environment. It will remain in public memory for a long period of time.

On June 14, the Noida Authority started dumping the city waste at disputed land in Sector-123. Following which, the residents blocked the road for two hours and conducted the protest against the local MP, MLA, government and the authority.

This step has been undertaken by the authority after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued an interim order on May 29 directing it to immediately stop dumping waste at a forest located in Sector 54.

But, the authority continued to dump the waste at Sector-54. Then, the residents had filed contempt of court case against the Noida Authority at the NGT. This had prompted the Authority to stop dumping there as the NGT had also issued contempt of court notice against them on Thursday. The hearing will be done on July 19.

On the other hand, residents of Noida and Noida Extension including high rises and villages have also planned to move to court against the Sector-123 dump yard. On Monday, residents and some political parties will conduct a huge protest outside the Noida Authority or district administration.

According to the solid waste management rules, 2016, a landfill site should be situated at a distance of 100 meters from a riverbed, and 200 meters from water bodies, highways, habitations, public parks and water supply wells. However, the dumping site is located at a distance of no more than 175 meters from our societies.

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