Burning of garbage is going unchecked in the city despite the National Green Tribunal (NGT) prohibiting the activity and ordering that offenders be fined.
Residents claimed that the authority has failed to take any action in this regard and many officials were unaware of the fines that need to be imposed for open burning of waste.
“Cases of garbage burning may have decreased but the practice is still prevalent and authorities are unable to check the health menace. I have appealed to the residents to be vigilant and identify those burning garbage so that authority officials can be immediately alerted and the offender booked,” said SM Singh, president, federation of Sector 62 RWAs.
Authority officials said they are imposing fines whenever an offence is reported and are following the NGT orders to curb open burning of garbage. Noida authority additional chief executive officer (ACEO) Rajesh Prakash said, “We are conducting regular drives and imposing fines on those burning garbage and also dumping waste at unauthorised sites. We had imposed a total fine of Rs 70,000 in five cases of garbage burning so far.”
As per the authority’s records, the last fine levied for burning garbage was in September. In October, fines were levied only on those dumping garbage at unauthorised sites but no fines were levied on those burning garbage.
Dinesh Sharma, health inspector, said, “In cases of garbage burning, we face problems in identifying the offender. Moreover, cases of garbage burning have decreased. Now we are getting fewer complaints from residents.”
“We are conducting regular drives against dumping of garbage on roads. Today, two shops in Sector 63 were fined Rs 1500. So far, we have collected Rs 71,500 in fines. Many shops, including restaurants and roadside eateries, were fined,” Sharma said.
“Fine of Rs 20,000 each was imposed on two reputed companies for dumping garbage at an unauthorised site. Fine of Rs 1.55 lakh has been imposed so far on vehicles that are dumping garbage and industrial waste at unauthorised sites,” Sharma said.
“For garbage burning, we levy a fine between Rs 5,000 and Rs 50,000, depending on the severity of the offence. A fine of Rs 500 is levied on a person who is found dumping garbage at unauthorised sites for the first time. Fines of Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500 are levied for second-time and third-time offences, respectively. If the practice still continues, these shops or vendors will not be allowed to operate in the city,” Sharma said.
Burning of garbage is a regularly discussed at the district environment committee meetings. District magistrate NP Singh have, on several occasions, ordered the officials concerned to check burning activity and also appealed to the public for their help in controlling the menace.