Three hot mix plants in Noida allowed to operate for three weeks
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.noida Updated: May 08, 2017 22:38 IST
The Noida authority on Monday said that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has allowed contractors to operate three hot mix plants of the 21 that were sealed for causing air pollution to complete road repair work.
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.
Following the tribunal’s orders, officials had also shut 21 hot mix plants to contain air pollution and improve air quality in the city. Due to the shutdown of hot mix plants, the Noida authority was unable to repair potholes and finish infrastructure projects such as the 4.8km elevated road, underpass at sector 24/33 intersection, among other infrastructure projects.
“NGT has allowed three hot mix plants to operate for the next three weeks so that we can repair potholes within the deadline fixed by the Uttar Pradesh government. Also, we will expedite the work on all projects, including the elevated road and underpasses,” said Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer of the Noida authority.
NGT has also asked the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board to file its report on operations of hot mix plants, latest by July 3. “UPPCB officials will file their report suggesting methods for mitigating air pollution caused due to the operations of hot mix plants. They will also look into and suggest guidelines we can follow to ensure that the hot mix plants cause minimal air pollution,” a Noida authority official said.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has fixed June 15 as the deadline for officials to repair all roads and fill potholes, across the state. Therefore, the Noida authority officials had asked the hot mix plant contractors to approach the NGT court for lifting the ban on hot mix plants so that road repair work could be finished without delay.
Many residents and residents’ bodies have been complaining about potholed roads but the authority had not been able to repair the roads till now due to lack of construction material.
Authority officials said that 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, got delayed due to the NGT ban.