The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) on Monday directed the Greater Noida Authority to eliminate the widespread dust and construction debris stored on the main roads and service roads of Greater Noida West.
In a letter written to the Authority, the UPPCB reasoned that the dust and construction debris add to prevalent pollution woes which has been plaguing the city for long. It said that dust and debris are making things worse especially during summer.
The UPPCB directed, “Water sprinkling would not be enough settle the dust and debris during summer. Hence, action against the situation has become necessary.”
It also brought the problem of broken roads to the fore. It said that repairing of the roads is a must in situation like this to combat the menacing air pollution.
The UPPCB officials had inspected the area on April 8 and 9. They found accumulated dust and debris on road towards Sector 16B, internal service road in Sector 1, road joining Techzone 4 to Ek Murti, road from NH-24 link road to GH-02A and others.
The development have come after relentless efforts from residents of Greater Noida West who have been time and again raising this issue before concerned authorities.
Fed up with lackadaisical approach from the Greater Noida Authority and the district administration on this issue, residents made the same complaint with the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
“After seeing inaction from the Greater Noida Authority, I made the complaint with NGT. The Green Tribunal had earlier directed that e-mails of general public to be considered as petition,” said Manish Kumar, a resident of Arihant Arden in Greater Noida West.
In his e-mail, Kumar had listed as many as 14 locations in the area which have high dust pollution and have become life threatening for residents living in the area. Kumar had requested the Green court to direct Greater Noida Authority and Gautam Budh Nagar district administration to take immediate action on this issue.
Amit Gupta, a resident of Prateek Wisteria, who had made the same complaint to NGT, talking to City Spidey said, “I have been raising such issues regularly but the Greater Noida Authority never gave response. That is why I decided to file a complaint with NGT.”