The petition which led to the green tribunal banning setting up of new industries also highlights that poor waste disposal is major cause for rising pollution levels.
Sanjay Agnihotri, a resident of Noida sector 29, filed the petition in January against the government of India (through secretary, ministry of environment & forests), the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB), the central pollution control board (CPCB), the UP state industrial development corporation and the Noida authority.
He has pleaded, “Due to rising pollution, his and his family’s right to a healthy environment is being violated.”
“With the passage of time, the situation has worsened and the administration or the pollution board has not taken any step to check the ever increasing pollution level. The major causes of pollution include sewage and garbage because of poor waste disposal. Aquatic life in the Yamuna is dying due to low oxygen levels, while untreated sewage makes many refer to it as a dying river,” the petition reads.
“Because of the extent of pollution, the MoEF in its list of critically polluted area has listed Noida at 12th slot. This meant that the area needed detailed investigations in terms of the extent of damage and a formulation of appropriate remedial action plan. But nothing of this sort was done,” it says.
Noida was planned to boost integrated industrial development in the region. Owing to high urbanisation, a major chunk of land in Noida is under residential use. “But the fact that there are just a handful monitoring stations itself shows the negligence of authorities,” the petitioner says.
“The MoEF in 2010 banned new industries. But the ministry subsequently reviewed the action plan of such polluted area and accordingly lifted the ban with respect of 25 industrial clusters including that of Noida without much change in the scene,” he says.