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Noida: Commuters want dust contained on Master Plan-2 Road

Commuters said that the situation has been caused because of executing agencies dumping soil on the five-kilometre road to beautify the portion below the elevated road. These mounds of soil are not covered, because of which dust pollution is rampant, they alleged.

noida Updated: Jul 30, 2017 22:23 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
dust,air pollution,NGT
According to traffic officials, the road is used by around 1 lakh commuters every day, to travel to Ghaziabad and industrial areas in sectors 60, 61, 62 and 63. The road has a huge influx of vehicles during the peak hour.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

In the absence of green cover and other mechanisms to contain dust on Master Plan-2 Road, commuters are facing a harrowing time in navigating the stretch from Sector 28 to Sector 60.

Commuters said that the situation has been caused because of executing agencies dumping soil on the five-kilometre road to beautify the portion below the elevated road. These mounds of soil are not covered, because of which dust pollution is rampant, they alleged.

According to traffic officials, the road is used by around 1 lakh commuters every day, to travel to Ghaziabad and industrial areas in sectors 60, 61, 62 and 63. The road has a huge influx of vehicles during the peak hour.

Commuters also alleged that the situation has worsened in the last two weeks as trucks continue to dump soil on the road to fill the space beneath the elevated corridor.

“The road is being executed in an unplanned manner. It is in a dilapidated condition with large potholes and its surface has eroded. On the other hand, the dust is causing problems for commuters and pedestrians,” Vikas Nagar of Sector 30 said.

Residents in nearby areas said the uncovered construction material is causing problems and if timely action is not taken, people will suffer from respiratory ailments. The stretch remains dusty throughout the day, they alleged.

Daily goers suggested that water be sprinkled to ensure commuters and residents are not affected.

“We are not against development as it is for our benefit, but officials should ensure that the public is not affected. Not checking dust is a violation of National Green Tribunal (NGT) norms,” said Tarun Mehta, a resident.

He said that the arterial roads from this road to sectors 27, 30 and 31 are covered with slush, stones, dust and other safety hazards.

SC Mishra, project engineer Noida authority said, “It was only on Saturday that there was the problem of dust. We had to fill the central verge and soil fell on the road. Earlier, there was never any problem of dust in the area.”

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 22:23 IST