The work to develop a 12-acre green belt in Indirapuram may have been approaching completion, but the condition of the green belt stretching along Gurudwara Road in Vasundhara and Vaishali is almost in ruins. Garbage dumping and burning is a common sight there.
Local residents say the green belt has failed to fulfill its purpose of providing greenery in urban areas.
The green belt faces several problems, they said.
“Fumes come out of the green belt during the day as some people burn garbage and dry leaves. The only place where residents do not dump garbage are the stretches around the temples constructed in the green belt. All other areas are covered with garbage, which not only spread diseases but also damages the eco system,” said Darshan Lal Chamoli, president of the Vaishali Sector 6 residents’ welfare association (RWA).
Residents say that the problem is not only because of the careless attitude of the authorities, but also the indifferent attitude of locals.
“Once garbage starts piling up on roads, residents of Vasundhara and neighbouring areas come in their cars and dump their household garbage there,” said Mohit Srivastava, a resident of Vaishali Sector 6.
On January 21 this year, the National Green Tribunal had sent a notice to the Ghaziabad municipal corporation regarding the condition of the green belt in Vasundhara and Vaishali and sought its reply on February 22.
The move came after Noida resident Sharad Tiwari filed a petition in the green court, highlighting that the green belt along Gurudwara Road is in a very bad condition.
The bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had sent the notice after the petitioner sought directions to immediately remove garbage and illegal encroachments from the green belt.
“I once visited Ghaziabad and was shocked to see the condition of the green belt there. The condition is not only because of the authorities but residents too are responsible for it. This prompted me to file the petition,” said Tiwari.
The municipal corporation is yet to file the reply in the green tribunal.
“We have pleaded to the NGT for extension of the deadline and will file the reply soon,” said DK Sinha, additional municipal commissioner.