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Ongoing construction work at Noida stadium raises pollution fear

Noida Authority, which is overseeing the construction project, has come under fire from residents over brazen violation of pollution control norms.

noida Updated: Nov 01, 2017 16:20 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
Noida,Noida news,Noida pollution
Heaps of loose soil was found lying in the open at various spots when Hindustan Times paid a visit to the stadium.

Noida Authority has overlooked environmental laws in the ongoing construction work at Noida Stadium thereby adding to air pollution and posing a serious health risk to fitness enthusiasts and sports lovers, who flock the place during morning and evening hours to jog, stroll and play sports.

Heaps of loose soil was found lying in the open at various spots when Hindustan Times paid a visit to the stadium. Construction work by third-party contractors near the Noida Cricket Stadium, which is inside the Noida Stadium, was being carried out without covering or restricting the dust particles from spreading in the environment.

According to construction laws and regulations set up by National Green Tribunal (NGT) and state pollution board, loose soil cannot be left in the open; rather, it should be kept wet and covered under a green sheet. Similarly, construction work should be done under an enclosed area surrounded by fencing done with wet cloth so that particulate matter does not mix in the atmosphere.

The violation of laws has put the health of residents at risk. “As we walk in the morning hours these days, we find everything dusty. There is a smog effect and the air seems to be laced with dust particles. We find it uneasy to breathe even inside the stadium,” said R.K. Tiwari, a resident of Jalvayu Vihar.

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“The morning hours are considered best for exercising, but thanks to air pollution we find it uneasy to stroll early morning,” said Sumit, a resident of Sector 28.

S.C. Mishra, project engineer of Noida Authority said that the ongoing construction work at two venues in Noida Stadium is properly covered. “Construction work is going on in indoor stadium and shooting range and both are well covered. However, we cannot cover the road construction work inside the stadium. We will remove heaps of loose soil tomorrow,” said Mishra.

The city’s air quality index has been marked as severe. Recently, the Environmental Pollution and Control Authority (EPCA) chairman Dr Bhure Lal paid a visit to Noida and commented that flouting of laws during construction work amounts to maximum air pollution in Noida.

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 16:20 IST