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Noida residents raise health concerns as roads, drains are choked with waste

While residents blamed the Noida authority’s inefficiency for the situation, authority officials cited the strike by contractual workers, which was called off on Saturday evening.

noida Updated: Jul 30, 2017 22:21 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
Choked roads and drain in Sector 8 of Noida.
Choked roads and drain in Sector 8 of Noida.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

On entering Noida, be it from Ashok Nagar, Sector 11 or Jhundpura village, the stench of garbage is the first thing that one experiences. Residents have raised concerns about their health as drains and garbage have not been cleared over the last few days.

While residents blamed the Noida authority’s inefficiency for the situation, authority officials cited the strike by contractual workers, which was called off on Saturday evening.

Residents said that the situation has increased the risk of vector diseases. They said that even in the absence of such a situation last year, thousands had fallen ill.

“It has been more than a week but the garbage has not been picked from the service road behind our sector that leads to the newly built elevated road. There is always a constant threat of viral diseases,” Shalini of Sector 29 said.

Dr Anurag Bhargav, chief medical officer, also expressed his concern over garbage accumulation and clogged drains. He appealed to residents to avoid using plastic.

“Residents and shopkeepers must avoid using plastic and dumping it in drains. Vector-borne diseases are caused due to mosquito breeding in still water,” said Dr Bhargav.

The industrial pockets, sectors 5, 6,7,8,9, and the residential areas, sectors 26,27,28, 37 and 39, are choked with garbage. At many spots, such as B block of sectors 6 and 8, almost half of the main road is filled with garbage, on which stray animals can be seen feeding.

At several spots in sector 6,8 and 9, drains have been clogged with plastic to the extent that dirty water and waste have overflowed on to the road. In Sector 28, a service lane has been blocked completely due to the problem, rendering it inaccessible to vehicles and causing jams during peak hour.

Noida authority officials blamed the week-long strike by contractual workers for the mess.

“Our machinery has been lying idle for the last three to four days due to the strike. Now that the strike has been called off, we will do the needful across Noida,” said Raghunandan, engineer for water drains, Noida authority.

However, residents have accused the authority of inefficiency, claiming that the drains have not been cleaned in the last fortnight. “Workers had cleaned the drains almost 15 days ago and the drains get clogged in just a week. There is a high chance that people might fall ill,” said Mohammad Sayyad, a shopkeeper in Sector 5.

“Almost 10 days ago, some workers had approached our sector to clean the drains. Before that, I can’t recall when the workers had cleaned the drains,” said Randheer, a shopkeeper in Sector 6.

The drains were cleaned a fortnight ago after the district magistrate BN Singh wrote a scathing letter to the chief executive officer of Noida authority on the issue.

However, engineer Raghunandan claims that the drains have been cleaned on a regular basis.

“People throw all kinds of plastic in the drains and even after cleaning the drains, they get clogged in within two-three days due to this. We also got the Harola drain cleaned recently,” Raghunandan said.

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 22:21 IST