Noida road repair works suffer as NGT refuses to allow operation of hot mix plants
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to allow sealed hot mix plants to reopen, leading to a disruption of road repair work in Noidanoida Updated: Mar 24, 2017 22:34 IST
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to allow sealed hot mix plants to reopen, leading to a disruption of road repair and road resurfacing work.
The Noida authority and the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration had on Thursday requested the NGT to allow operation of legal hot mix plants so that urgent road repair and road resurfacing work could be carried out.
“Tribunal chairperson Swatantra Kumar is on leave so the other bench heard our case on Thursday. It did not allow the operation of any hot mix plant. So we cannot carry out any road repair or resurfacing work. Now, the NGT is scheduled to hear the case on April 28 and, till then, all repair works will have to be postponed,” said SC Mishra, senior project engineer, Noida authority.
The roads that are in immediate need of repair are Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) road, the 25km Noida Expressway, Road No.6 and Master Plan-II Road over which an elevated road is being constructed.
The road repair work in sectors 63, 64,100, 136 and Bhangel, among others, has been pending for long because of the shutdown of hot mix plants.
The NGT, on November 23, 2016, had ordered the Noida and Greater Noida authorities, Gautam Budh Nagar police and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to inspect construction sites and penalise those causing air pollution. Authorities had also shut 21 hot mix plants to contain air pollution following the tribunal’s directions.
Authority officials said the 4.8km elevated road over Master Plan-2 Road, the Sector 94 underpass, bridge widening work on the irrigation drain and NTPC underpass, among other projects, will be delayed.
“We have already selected a private agency and signed a contract so that we can resurface the 4.8km stretch under the elevated road. But we are unable to start the road resurfacing work because hot mix plants are not available,” said Mishra.
Officials are now hoping that the NGT will decide in their favour on April 28.
“We were to open the 4.8km elevated road by June-end. But now, due to the shutdown of hot mix plants, the project will be delayed,” Mishra said.