The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Noida authority Deepak Agarwal on Monday directed officials of the health department to prepare a detailed plan to deal with industrial waste. The directions followed an inspection of industrial sectors 7, 8 and 11 by the CEO on Monday morning, in which he found huge dumps of industrial waste on the roads.
There are around 8,000 big and small industrial units in Noida. These units are mostly located in sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 57, 58, 59, 60, 63, 64 and 65.
Sectors 1 to 11 comprise small industrial units that deal with automobile parts, paper and electronic goods. Officials said that these units dump the waste generated on the roads.
“Industrial waste in these sectors dumped on the roads, causing pollution. It stinks badly throughout the day. I have directed my staff to ensure that industrial waste is not dumped during the day because it makes it difficult to transport it to the nearby landfill site. I have directed the health department to come up with a detailed plan for collection and transportation of the waste,” Agarwal said.
In Noida, there is no scientific method to dispose of industrial waste. Employees of industrial units discard the waste on dumping yards in the vicinity, from where the authority staff dump it on nearby vacant plots before it is transported to the landfill site
“The health department will make a detailed plan. I have called a meeting with the Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association at the Sector 6 office on March 22 to discuss the detailed plan. Our objective is to discourage industrial unit owners to dump waste at any given time. They will be asked to store the industrial waste in a container at the generation point, which will be collected and transported to the dumping site as per the plan,” Agarwal said.
“Many industrial unit workers burn plastic waste in Sector 63. It should be stopped because it causes air pollution,” Sandip Malik of Sector 70 said.
The CEO said that the authority will ensure that industrial waste is dealt with properly so that it does not cause pollution.