With heavy monsoon showers expected to start lashing the city in two weeks, delayed construction projects, diversions, dug-up roads and lack of an effective waste disposal mechanism will lead to hellish conditions in the city.
“Commuters will especially face big-time inconvenience,” said Manoj Raj, a local. Garbage heaps can be seen strewn almost everywhere. The beautification works started following chief minister Mayawati’s visit to Noida in February has meant parts of the city are either blocked for traffic or dug up.
Construction of underpasses and flyovers at Sector 37, the busiest traffic intersection, and Rajnigandha crossing has ‘forever’ led to diversions and traffic jams.
Several important roads taken up for repair work and underground shifting of electric cables have left little option for commuters.
Construction materials scattered on roads have made matters worse. Building of new drains and laying of gas pipelines are another issues.
“The Noida Authority has decided to cover all dug-up areas within next 15 days or so. Drains have been de-silted; there should not be much waterlogging,” said a project engineer.
Noida has not had a landfill site. Disposal has meant throwing garbage in vacant areas and pits resulting in toxic elements mixing with the already poor quality groundwater. There is no systematic collection and processing of more than 400 tonnes of solid waste generated every day.
Authority officials claim a door-to-door garbage collection service will soon be started here. Noida Authority deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) NP Singh said, “Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) has prepared a detailed project report for solid waste management in the city. We will soon select a plan executor who will also be responsible for door-to-door garbage collection and its transportation to the landfill site.”
“Noida Authority will provide land and equipment for the project. HUDCO is our technical consultant. The idea is to take only 25% garbage to landfills. An earlier composting will take care of the rest,” he added. The plan will be based on build-own-operate-transfer. The two sites selected for a solid waste management and a landfill are in Sector 123 and near village Kambakshpur.
The authority has also decided to involve two other departments - traffic and road transport - during planning and execution of projects. Their inputs will help synchronise the activities in a better way. Experts will also be hired to make sure construction and repair benefit people and do not throw normal life out of gear.