Residents of sectors 53, 61, 33, 23 and 59 said they are experiencing respiratory problems due to air pollution caused by the ongoing construction work of an elevated road. These areas are located along the Master Plan-II road.
Residents have started wearing masks when they step out of their houses while others are avoiding going stepping out of their homes.
The Noida authority is constructing an elevated road, pavements and filling soil in a divider on Master Plan-II road, next to residential areas, as a result of which the area is enveloped in dust.
Residents of Sector 53 have also lodged a complaint with the Noida authority as there are no sheets set up over the construction area to contain the dust.
“Elevated road construction was already making our life hell for two years. Now, since the authority started filling mud to plant ornamental trees, it has created more issues for us. During peak hours in morning and evening, vehicles move at a high speed spreading the dust to our residential area. We will file a case with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) if the authority fails to check air pollution,” Bidisha Guha, president of Kanchanjunga Apartments, Sector 53, said.
Residents’ welfare association of Kanchanjunga Apartments 53 has given masks to security guards posted at the gate as the dust creates breathing problems for them.
“We have stopped taking morning walks a week due to the dust. Most of the residents either use vehicles or wear masks to step out of their buildings. The authority should have taken preventive steps to ensure that dust does not reach the residential area. It should have followed construction guidelines issued by NGT,” BS Negi of Sector 53 said.
“Residents have to suffer because the authority is not following construction guidelines. When the authority was dumping mud into the divider of Master Plan-II road it should have put a sheet on two sides. It did not even sprinkle water to prevent the spreading of dust,” Udayvir Kumar of Sector 23 said.
The authority said it will work on residents’ complaints.
SC Mishra, project engineer of the Noida authority, said, “I have instructed my staff to use two tankers to sprinkle water to prevent mixing of dust in the air. Besides, we want to complete all construction activities as soon as possible so that residents do not face problems.”