Raj Nagar Extension: River Heights Phase-2 residents forced to inhale DG smoke
Residents of River Heights Phase-2, Raj Nagar Extension, Ghaziabad are struggling every day, as the smoke emitted from the chimney of DG (diesel generator) set directly enters their flats and the concerned authority is not helping them.
As per rules laid down by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the height of DG set's chimney should be around 3 metres higher than the nearest building. However, the builder has violated this rule by installing the chimney of the generator set at the height of 3rd floor of the nearest building.
Khomendra Singh, resident and complainant said, “As per the original master plan approved by Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), the allotted place for the generator set is in Green area no 3. However, the builder installed it in front of tower no 16, a fifteen storied structure, and didn’t even consider the height of the building while installing it, just to cut down on installation expenses. There are around 400-500 families living in this area, imagine how badly we are getting affected by this, especially the residents of Tower no 16.”
Dr. Ashish Mittal, another resident said, “Our list of problems is long, we don’t have rain-water harvesting system, unauthorised parking remains a continuous issue, parks are poorly maintained etc.”
The complaint issued to Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) says, “Residents here are prone to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, neuropsychiatric complications, eyes irritation, skin diseases, and long-term chronic diseases, just because of the dangerous smoke that’s being inhaled by them.”
Khomendra Singh, approached UPPCB over the issue in May 2019 but the authority didn’t respond. He re-appealed in July 2019 and the response is awaited.
However, UPPCB official Utsav Kumar said, “We will take up the issue and will send our engineers for inspection in the area.”