Noida to NGT: Sector 138A dump yard temporary
The authority has been alleged to have been dumping solid waste at an undesignated site in violation of environment rules-2016, according to the petitioner. NGT had also directed the authority to file its reply with regard to the site in questionnoida Updated: Oct 16, 2017 21:30 IST
The Noida authority on Monday, in an affidavit, told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that the Sector 138A dump yard, located near residential complexes of Sector 137, is a temporary one.
Residents of Sector 137 had filed a petition with the NGT, objecting to the dumping of waste and seeking an end to such activities due to health concerns. An NGT bench on October 10, in response to the petition filed by resident Gaurav Choudhary, issued an interim order directing the authority to immediately stop dumping waste.
The authority has been alleged to have been dumping solid waste at an undesignated site in violation of environment rules-2016, according to the petitioner. NGT had also directed the authority to file its reply with regard to the site in question.
“It is submitted that the site in question located in Sector 138A is a low-lying trench, which is located 600 metres from habitable residential towers. This is a temporary site for dumping (the waste) to meet the exigency of the situation until the site demarcated in master plan becomes operational. The quality of the groundwater at this site was also tested and was found meeting the required quality standards. We are sprinkling chemicals to maintain the hygiene and ensure that groundwater is not contaminated,” said Ravinder Kumar, advocate for the Noida authority.
The Noida authority has earmarked a 110-acre site in Greater Noida’s Astoli for dumping solid waste. The waste from Greater Noida will also be treated at the Astoli landfill site, which is yet to be ready.
The authority has requested the NGT to allow them to dump waste for a few more months.
Residents, however, alleged that the unauthorised dump yard is a health hazard as it pollutes the air and also the groundwater.
“Why is the Noida authority violating the environmental rules-2016 and using a non-notified landfill site for the purpose of treating and managing solid waste? The Noida authority has failed to prepare a landfill site for the last 42 years since Noida was carved out. The authority should be sensitive to health issues caused by illegal dumping of waste next to a residential area,” said Sabah Iqbal Siddiqui, advocate for the petitioner.