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Residents protest on Twitter as lakes turn garbage dumps

noida Updated: Sep 24, 2016 00:46 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
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The entry to the two lakes in Sector 91 is covered in construction debris while plastic waste and garbage litter the surface of the water bodies (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Residents of Exotica Fresco society in Sector 137 have taken to Twitter to highlight the poor condition of two lakes in Sector 91 due to continuous dumping of garbage and construction waste.

The entry to the lakes is covered in construction debris and the surface is littered with plastic waste and garbage.

Residents have been using the Twitter handle @FrescoResidents since Wednesday to highlight the condition of the two lakes that come under Noida authority’s forest land. They alleged that the situation has not improved despite several complaints to authority officials.

“We stay hardly a kilometre away from the lakes and in the past few months we have noticed that ragpickers and construction workers regularly dump garbage and waste material into the lakes. Today, the lakes are littered with toxic and plastic waste and the beauty of the area is gone,” said Gaurav Demiwal of Exotica Fresco.

Sector 93 resident Akif Ahmad tweeted that an illegal signboard had been put up at the spot asking people to dump construction waste there.

“We saw a signboard that was erected at the spot saying that ‘malba’ (construction debris) should be dumped here. I shared a picture on Twitter that went viral, but there was no response from the Noida authority,” said Ahmad.

According to residents, Noida authority officials denied erecting any signboard on the spot and removed it when they visited the area. However, residents also said that despite making several promises, the authority is yet to clean up the area.

“Last week, the authority officials removed the board immediately and also promised to clean the lake in the next three days. However, there has not been any work till now,” said Demiwal.

Residents have now demanded that the spot be cleaned of the garbage and waste.

“We demand that the Noida authority remove the garbage from the lakes immediately and restore the beauty of the forest land. Officials should also take water samples to check the toxicity level,” said Ankur Agarwal of Exotica Fresco.

“The groundwater of the natural body is getting contaminated due to the toxic waste. This is an issue that should be dealt with immediately. The authority should stop open burning of waste and disposal of waste material in the lakes,” said Vikrant Tongad, an environmentalist.

On its part, the Noida authority said the board was erected illegally and removal of waste from the lakes will begin in due time.

“There are some issues in removing the waste material as the lakes it is floating on are deep. We will try our best to remove it immediately,” said BM Pokhriyal, project engineer, health department, Noida authority.