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Ahinsa Khand's pollution problem...

Posted: Mar 18, 2017     By Abid Hussain Barlaskar

Residents of Ahinsa Khand II in Indirapuram are exasperated with the severe dust pollution due to a stone crusher operating in the area. Residents of Niho Scottish Gardens, the society nearest to the stone crusher, said crushing of stones generated dust, which not only pervades the air around but also flows into their homes. They said that despite having approached Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) with the problem, there had been no step taken by the Authority.

Speaking to City Spidey, DK Maurya, president of the society's AOA, said owing to the pollution, residents of the society have been falling ill repeatedly since the past few years.

Recently, residents met Nidhi Kesarwani, district magistrate of Ghaziabad, over the issue and demanded a solution to the problem.

Speaking to City Spidey, the DM said that she was aware of the matter and had appointed ADM city to look into the issue. When asked about a viable solution, she said the issue needed proper investigation before being acted upon. “We have to check the position of the land where the unit is being run," said Kesarwani. "It is possible that the stone crusher has been running for a long time and problems started emerging once the residential areas came up in its vicinity.”

She assured that the matter will be properly looked into.

Maurya said the stone crushing unit had come up three years back and had possibly shifted from Noida under National Greens Tribunal's pressure. “Almost all the societies in Ahinsa Khand II are affected by the dust pollution created by the unit,” added Maurya.

Echoing similar sentiments as Maurya, Anil Sharma, AOA member of Ashiana Greens, another residential area in the area, said that it's not only the dust pollution that concerns the residents. “Trucks carrying construction materials from the crusher’s site continuously ply through the area and are a threat to the kids and elderly residents of the area. Despite running from pillar to post to solve the problem, nothing has changed so far,” Sharma added. Moreover, Sharma said trucks from the unit also ply on the newly constructed Hindon-Pusta road continuously, which is why residents avoid taking the road and prefer the narrower roads of the residential area.

Maurya, who is also the president of FedAoA, told City Spidey that soon the FedAOA will be filing a case with the NGT for a legal resolution to the problem.

TAGS: Ahinsa Khand II / Indirapuram / Ghaziabad / Pollution / Ghaziabad Development Authority / Niho Scottish Gardens / National Greens Tribunal