Noida to crack down on illegal waste dumping
The sector also hosts a fivestar hotel, a three-star hotel, a shopping mall, various offices and numerous garment outlets.Updated: Apr 29, 2019 13:53 IST
Taking cognizance of the rising sanitation problems in the city, the Noida authority will soon launch a crackdown against bars, restaurants and food joints that are found dumping waste illegally into the city’s sewage lines.
The city’s master sewer network often gets choked due to the illegal dumping of waste, raising concerns about sanitation among residents, visitors and traders.
“We have decided to first meet owners of food outlets and street vendors in this regard. We will tell them clearly that if they are caught dumping waste, then the authority will take strict action against them. We could impose heavy fines and also file an FIR if the offence is repeated,” Vijay Rawal, project engineer of the Noida authority, said.
The authority has reportedly taken this decision after several visitors and traders complained of choked sewers and foul smells in many areas where food joint owners and street vendors reportedly dumped waste illegally.
The biggest challenge the authority faces, in its quest to keep the city clean, is in Sector 18—the city’s busiest and biggest commercial hub. According to an official, on an average, around one lakh people visit the sector on a daily basis. Several of them complain of garbage strewn on the roads and the foul smell here, he added.
“Despite being the city’s major shopping centre, civic amenities are in a pathetic state here. The authority must seriously look into the facilities and address the gaps,” Tarun Chauhan, a visitor, said.
According to Noida’s master plan-2031, the city has developed commercial centres that include local shopping complexes, malls and other outlets on 102 hectares of land out of an area of 20,316 hectares that the entire city occupies.
Sector 18 alone is developed on 35 hectares out of the 102 hectares dedicated for commercial purposes in the city. There are more than 100 food joints, restaurants and bars operating in the sector, which also hosts around 200 street food vendors as well, the official said.
“Wherever they find a leak in the sewage network, the restaurant and street food vendors throw waste directly into the drains. This happens on a regular basis. We have requested the authority to impose heavy fines on the illegal dumping of waste. We have also suggested installing a small effluent treatment plant (ETP) in the sector. Food outlets can dump waste at the plant before it is dumped into the sewer lines,” SK Jain, president, Sector 18 traders’ welfare association, said.
The sector also hosts a fivestar hotel, a three-star hotel, a shopping mall, various offices and numerous garment outlets.
“Our aim is to ensure proper cleanliness in the sector’s market. We will impose heavy fines against those who throw garbage or dump waste in violation of the rules. We will start a crackdown shortly, as we first need to call a meeting with the food outlets’ owners soon,” Rawal said.
First Published: Apr 29, 2019 13:53 IST