GhaziabadHundreds of residents from localities under Indirapuram on Sunday staged a protest and took out a march in Shakti Khand against the dumping of garbage and burning of waste on a site near the sewage treatment plant, opposite Kanawani. Residents alleged that the dumping of solid waste and garbage has been causing unhygienic conditions for long.They gathered at Shakti Khand and took out a march from Aman Plaza to the dumping ground near the STP on CISF Road.“There is daily dumping and burning of garbage, which creates unhygienic and polluted conditions for residents. We suspect that garbage from nearby localities of Vaishali and Vasundhara is also dumped here. The outsourcing agency deployed by Ghaziabad Development Authority is also dumping its garbage here,” said Kuldeep Saxena, a resident of Shakti Khand.They said that the situation will result in a huge landfill site being created, like the one at Ghazipur in East Delhi.“The previous vice-chairman of GDA had designated the area for setting up of weekly markets, which were to be relocated here but this has not happened. Instead, the area is being used as a dumping ground. During Diwali, there was a major fire and toxic fumes engulfed our areas,” said Mohan Sangwan, a resident.Apart from this, residents of another residential pocket of Abhay Khand in Indirapuram raised a similar issue — of a dumping ground being created outside their high-rise, Gaur Green City, which comprises nearly 750 flats.“There is daily dumping and burning of garbage. We have approached every authority in the district for relief but nothing has happened at the ground level. Different agencies claim they have no jurisdiction over the area and pass the buck. The burning and dumping opposite our high-rise have resulted in a huge mess and unhygienic conditions outside our high-rise,” said Malay Majumder, a resident.The area in discussion is located next to the newly constructed 400kv electricity substation and adjacent to National Highway–24.Indirapuram, which comprises nearly 50,000 households, is under the jurisdiction of the GDA and has not been handed over to the Ghaziabad municipal corporation. The authority has entrusted the maintenance to an outsourcing firm that is responsible for daily activities, including solid waste collection.“The area behind the STP is around 11 acres and designated for the dumping of solid waste. The fire around Diwali started due to some stray fireworks. Many people also defecate here and throw cigarettes, which result in fires. For this purpose, we are preparing a proposal to construct a boundary wall around the entire area and also deploy guards. We will also make provision for a water system for preparedness,” said SK Chauhan, executive engineer, GDA.Regarding the other area in Vaibhav Khand, Chauhan said that most of the dumping there is done by the cleaning staff of the nearby Khoda Nagar Palika. “We have written to their executive officer to get the issue resolved at the earliest. Our outsourcing agency is presently not assigned for door-to-door collection of solid waste. Instead, they collect solid waste from the nearest point and transport it to our landfill site,” he said.