Dry leaves and waste is being burnt in the open near Kendriya Vihar in Sector 51, in violation of the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Local residents, shopkeepers and commuters passing through the area are affected by the smoke emitting from the spot.
The burning of dry leaves and waste takes place on the road opposite Ashwini Healthcare, a multi-specialty hospital that is closed now. According to local residents, leaves are dumped in the area early morning by sweepers who collect waste from various residential societies.
They added that wind scatters leaves throughout the day, which also leads to blockage of stormwater drains. Residents also claimed to have reported the matter to the Noida authority several times but in vain.
“It is unfortunate that the authorities don’t take swift action on complaints. This is a residential area and we have been facing this problem regularly. Burning of waste in the open has been banned by the NGT, but it seems to have had minimal impact in Noida,” said Preeti Bisht of Kendriya Vihar.
The NGT has imposed a complete ban on burning of waste in open places and violators are liable to a fine of Rs25,000.
Both local residents and shopkeepers in and around Sector 51 said smoke from the burning waste covers the entire area, affecting their health and making it difficult to step out.
Satinder Singh, who owns a grocery store at Hoshiarpur village opposite Sector 51, said, “I have seen many sanitation workers dump waste along the road here and later set it on fire. The waste keeps burning and no one puts it out. Clouds of smoke rising from it pollute the air here.”
Locals insisted that the authorities must take cognizance of the problem and earmark land in every sector to dump garbage till it is finally collected to be transported to a landfill site. “Over the years, no scientific method for proper disposal of leaves and garbage in the city has been adopted by the Noida authority,” said Arjun Singh of Hoshiarpur.
Deepak Agarwal, chief executive officer, Noida authority, said, “Workers are already on the job to lift the waste dumped at various places. The problem related to dumping of leaves will be also be resolved.”
District magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, NP Singh, also said, “I am issuing directions to the Noida authority to ensure that the area is cleaned and action is taken against the people who set leaves on fire.”