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Against the backdrop on non-stop protests against the landfill site in Sector 123, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed Noida Authority to change the site of the waste-to-energy plant and also stop dumping waste there.
This directive was given out during a meeting held yesterday evening with Alok Tandon, chairman and CEO of Noida Authority, in Lucknow.
According to an official of Noida Authority, the CM is unhappy with the authority because it has been disregarding public wishes, and is going ahead with something that is clearly in defiance of wider public interests.
Applauding the decision, Abhay Pandey, a resident of Sector 121, told City Spidey, “The CM took a good decision and we welcome the move. But we are yet to receive a written order from the authority.”
On May 29, the NGT had ordered to stop dumping of waste at Sector 54 after hearing a petition filed by RWAs of Sectors 22, 23, 53, 55 and 56. The order also stated that the waste should from then on be dumped at the Sector 123 site.
RK Mishra, additional CEO (ACEO), said, “Noida Authority is an exploring alternate site for temporary storage and management of solid waste.”
According to sources, Noida Authority is now considering Astoli village in Greater Noida for dumping waste.
The landfill site in Sector 123 is not more than 175 m from the Homes 121, a residential society in Sector 121. According to the solid waste management rules, 2016, a landfill site should be situated at a distance of 100 m from a riverbed, and 200 m from water bodies, highways, habitations, public parks and water wells.
TAGS: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath / Noida Authority / landfill site in Sector 123 / NGT / Residents / Sector 121 / Astoli village in Greater Noida
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