Proposed 'landfill site' at Noida's Sector 123 left in limbo
The image which you see above shows the current state of a plot at Sector 123 of the city which was proposed to be converted into a landfill site by the Noida Authority in June last year. Following the protest made by the residents of the nearby high-rises, villagers and the general public, the authority was forced to drop their idea of making it a dumping site and develop it as an area covered with green trees and plants. But sadly, due to its callous approach, the particular area has been left abandoned now.
It all started with the Noida Authority's decision to make it a landfill site following the issuance of an interim order by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on May 29, 2018, directing it to immediately stop dumping waste at a forest located in Sector 54.
Rajesh Singh, the officer on special duty (OSD) of Noida Authority, told City Spidey that earlier the authority had planned to develop only a waste-to-energy plant at the site, but after the NGT order, it has been left with no choice but to make a landfill site at the plot.
Earlier, the authority was dumping the city’s garbage at a vacant plot at Sector 138 A but residents of nearby areas had moved NGT against it. As a result, the tribunal had ordered the authority to stop its activities at the site.
Later on, the authority had chosen the vacant plot at Sector 68 for purposes of dumping the waste. However, protests erupted in this area also and the authority was once again compelled to look for another site.
The next site which the authority tried to use for dumping the city’s waste was a forest located in Sector 54. However, the RWAs of the nearby area protested against the move and filed a case in NGT. Later on, the NGT had put a stay on waste dumping on that site also.
The authority thus has no other option rather than to use the vacant plot at Sector-123 as a landfill site. Agitated residents protested this move, citing the example of Ghazipur landfill. They stated they will not let the authority to set it up in their area. People's protest was effective as the authority had to bow down to their demands. But the present situation of the area is not so good to cheer about. The greenery there is decreasing rapidly as neither the local administration nor the civic body concerned is taking a serious concern on this issue.