NGT ban on hot mix plants delays road repair works in Noida
Noida and Greater Noida authorities had to shut 21 hot mix plants to contain air pollution due to the NGT order.noida Updated: Sep 27, 2017 13:42 IST
Officials of the Noida authority on Tuesday said they are waiting for the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to temporarily lift its ban on the use of hot-mix plants to resurface a five-kilometre stretch of the Master Plan-2 Road. Officials are hopeful NGT will lift the ban for a fortnight.
The stretch falls under the city’s first elevated road, which was opened to the public on June 28, and extends up to the approach road. The stretch was damaged during the construction of the elevated road.
“We will resurface the stretch in 15 days if we get NGT’s permission to run hot mix plants. Our target is to resurface the main road and the service lane along it before Diwali, which is on October 19,” said SC Mishra, senior project engineer, Noida authority.
Thousands of motorists use this road daily and face a harrowing time due to potholes. During the peak hour, dug-up patches of the road near sectors 33, 25 and 31 slow traffic.
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. The authorities had also shut 21 hot mix plants following the NGT order, to contain air pollution.
The authority filed a petition requesting the NGT to lift the ban so that it can resurface the road. The NGT is scheduled to hear the plea on Monday.
“Once the ban is lifted, we will start our work immediately as we understand commuters have been facing problems. We will resurface it at the earliest because we need not hire an agency for the job. The agency that constructed the elevated road will resurface the stretch, including the service lane,” Mishra said.
Neeraj Kumar, a motorist, said, “The Noida authority should resurface this road sooner than later as it has been troubling commuters for a long time.”
Besides slowing traffic, residents in sectors along the dug-up stretches complained of air pollution.
“The dust on the dug-up stretches flies and gets mixed with air, causing air pollution. Residents of sectors 23, 33, 53, 61 and 25, among others, which fall along the road face problems due to the pollution,” Ashok Kumar of Sector 33 said.