Landfill update: Agitators carry out shirtless protests at Parthala Chowk

By Avishek Dubey
Photo: Samrat Roy
Posted: Jun 20, 2018

Hundreds of protesters gathered Parthala Chowk in Noida today and removed their shirts to express ire against Noida Authority for its move to set up the waste-to-energy plant at Sector 123 on National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders.  

Women protestors, too, joined in and sat down in the middle of the road, throwing traffic out of gear at the chowk.   

In the meantime, a group of protesters met Akhilesh Yadav, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, and also the president of Samajwadi Party, on the issue.

The protestors are feeling let down by current Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who had said that any landfill site should be at least 2 km from any from an area of habitation, but Noida Authority is seen not to be relenting on the matter.

On June 19, a meeting was held between Noida Authority and the protesters in front of union minister and local MP Dr Mahesh Sharma and MLA Pankaj Singh, but it yielded no fruits.

Noida Authority wants protesters to make an 11-member committee — comprising representatives from villages and high-rises — to hold talks on this issue, but protesters rejected this demand, saying the issue is not about urban and rural and every meeting should be held in public, in front of all.

Anupam Oberoi, a resident of Sector 122, told City Spidey, “Akhilesh Yadav extended his support to us and asked us to move court and take legal action.”

Oberoi also said, “We are waiting for the court to end its summer vacation on July 2, so can file a petition with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against Noida Authority’s decision.”


TAGS: Parthala Chowk / Noida / National Green Tribunal / NGT / Landfill site / waste-to-energy plant at Sector 123