NOIDAThe National Green Tribunal on Tuesday refused to allow dumping of garbage on the vacant land in Sector 138A, which was being used as a temporary landfill, saying it was too close to located the human habitation in Sector 137. The Noida authority’s advocate submitted before the tribunal that its health department should be allowed to dump waste at the Sector 138A site until the notified landfill site in Greater Noida’s Astoli gets ready for use. A bench headed by NGT chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the authority how many years it would take to prepare a landfill site to treat solid waste scientifically. “When the Noida authority’s advocate said the Astoli landfill will be ready in the next four months, the NGT directed him to submit the details of the progress on the landfill site,” said Sabah Iqbal Siddiqui, advocate for the petitioner. The Noida authority has failed to prepare a landfill site in the 42 years since its inception. The authority has now earmarked a 110-acre site in Greater Noida’s Astoli for dumping solid waste. The waste from Greater Noida will also be treated at the Astoli landfill, which is yet to be ready.“The NGT refused to allow illegal garbage dumping on a vacant land, which is not even a designated site for solid waste treatment,” Siddiqui said. Residents have claimed that the unauthorised dump yard is a health hazard as it pollutes the air and groundwater. Gaurav Choudhury, a resident of Sector 137, had filed a petition in the NGT over the issue on August 28. “The NGT stopped dumping of garbage at the Sector 138A vacant land because it violated all laid down norms and was causing huge problems to the residents living around the site,” Siddiqui said.In the wake of the NGT order, the authority is left with no place to dump the solid waste collected from households. “We have adequate vacant land to dump the solid waste collected from residential and industrial areas. But we do not want to tell to public where exactly we would dump it. It is our job to treat the waste and we will do it properly as per laid down norms,” said RK Mishra, additional chief executive officer, Noida authority. The Noida authority officials also said that they have an earmarked a 20-acre site in Sector 123, which can be used for treating waste. “We will use the Sector 123 site after getting all required approvals. We have already built the boundary wall around this plot located along the Noida-Greater Noida West road,” Mishra said.