Residents and industrial unit owners have objected to the Noida authority’s directive asking them to remove generator sets from roadsides in residential as well as industrial areas.
As per the authority’s notice, penal action will be taken against property owners who fail to comply with the order within seven days.
The Noida entrepreneurs association (NEA) on Wednesday met the Noida authority’s deputy chief executive officer, Saumya Srivastava, to put forward their objections.
“If the state government ensures uninterrupted power supply, we will not use diesel generator sets at all. There are industrial units operational on 50 square metres, 80 sqm and 114 sqm size plots. We do not have adequate space inside the building to accommodate gensets. The authority should withdraw its public notice,” VK Seth, general secretary, NEA, said.
Officials said that many residents encroach upon government land by setting up heavy generator sets and also violate the state pollution norms. Officials said that they decided to issue public notice after receiving complaints from residents. Property owners have also set up generators on the roads outside houses or in parks facing their house in several sectors.
The federation of Noida residents’ welfare associations (FONRWA) also called a meeting of RWAs on Wednesday in its Sector 52 office to discuss the issue.
“I object to the notice on the grounds that the Noida authority has failed to ensure uninterrupted power supply. I agree that generator sets are a big source of noise and air pollution, but what is the other option available when there are power cuts up to 5 hours during the summer?” AN Dhawan, secretary general of FONRWA, said.
The RWAs will convey their objections and suggestions on the issue to the Noida authority on Thursday.
Officials of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board said that these generators should be on rooftops or inside the boundaries of a building. A 15-metre pipe is a must for fuel emission, officials said.
“We will not begin our drive of removing generator sets from small plots in the first phase. We will start removing generator sets in residential areas and big industrial plots in industrial areas. We will have to do this exercise to reduce air pollution as per National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders,” Srivastava said.