The Noida authority has failed to finalise four major roads that were to be made dust-free zones in the city in the first phase of its plan to rid the whole city of dust.
Noida authority chairman Alok Sinha had on April 29 directed the authority staff to improve basic civic amenities in the city in a short time. He had also directed the staff to identify four roads within 15 days and make them dust-free. The detailed brief of the chairman was to make Noida a dust-free city on the lines of European cities.
“We are working on the identification of four roads in the first phase. I hope these roads will be finalised by senior officials very soon,” said Omvir Singh, director of horticulture department, Noida authority.
The horticulture department was supposed to identify the roads and submit a detailed plan on making them dust-free.
The chairman’s directions had come following residents’ complaints of dust-covered roads in the city.
“With high-speed vehicles zipping through roads, dust rises in the air. Those suffering from asthma and other respiratory diseases face major problems. Master Plan 2 and 3 roads and Road No.6 are the worst in terms of dust pollution because of the ongoing construction activities on these roads,” said Rajesh Purohit, a resident of Sector 45.
“Due to Metro construction on the road next to our building, dust enters the residential areas, causing health problems. The authorities should ensure that water is sprinkled properly to avoid problems for people living in group housing societies located near Road No.6,” said Ayush Kaushik, a resident of Sector 62.
According to the chairman’s directions, the authority was supposed to take immediate steps to check dust pollution also because the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in November 2016 had ordered the authority and the district magistrate to contain dust pollution.
“It is surprising that even though 15 days have passed, the Noida authority is yet to complete the work that was supposed to be done in the first phase,” said Arun Chauhan, a resident of Sector 34.