Sector 123 residents oppose Noida’s only ready landfill site
Around half a dozen housing complexes, three villages, and Hindon floodplains are located near the landfill, making the location inappropriate as per the solid waste management rules, 2016.noida Updated: Oct 25, 2017 23:08 IST
Residents of sectors 121, 119, 120 and 122, including adjoining villages, have joined hands against the authority’s decision to dump garbage at a landfill site in Sector 123.
The Noida authority on October 17 apprised the National Green Tribunal of a 25-acre landfill site in Sector 123 after the tribunal had banned dumping of waste in Sector 138A, following complaints of pollution and health problems by residents.
“We have decided to stage a protest against the Noida authority’s plans of dumping solid waste in Sector 123 because the move will cause pollution and would be a health hazard to thousands. How can the Noida authority dump the waste at a site (in Sector 123), which is only 9 metres from residential clusters and just next to the Hindon riverbed? We are talking to all concerned residents to come out against this illegal move,” said Taran Dhingra, a resident of Homes 121 in Sector 121.
The Noida authority had proposed to set up the landfill site in 2013, following which residents had moved the NGT against the move. The tribunal directed the authority to first seek necessary approvals for setting up a landfill so that residents could file their objections.
Around half a dozen housing complexes and three villages are located near the site.
Homes 121 housing complex is located 175 metres from the landfill site in the west and the Hindon floodplains are located a few metres on the eastern side. To the south of the site is a proposed national highway, earlier known as the Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad (FNG) Expressway and to the north-west is Gadi Chaukhandi village is located within nine metres.
According to the solid waste management rules, 2016, sanitary landfill site should be 100 metres from a riverbed, 200 metres from water bodies, highways, habitations, public parks and water supply wells. Also, landfills are not permitted near floodplains, as recorded for the last 100 years and should be at least 20 kilometres from airports.
“Look at the pollution levels around the Ghazipur landfill site in Delhi. We will experience the same polluted air, bacteria and hazardous gases if a landfill site is allowed in Sector 123. We will not let the authority set up a landfill here, come what may,” said Shivendra Singh Parihar, a resident of Zodiac housing complex in Sector 120.
“How can the Noida authority dump garbage in front of our houses? We will start demolishing the boundary wall of this landfill site if the authority does not change its plans,” said Dinesh Yadav, a resident of Gadi Chaukhandi.
Raghunandan Yadav, the senior project engineer of the Noida authority, said, “We will get all requisite approvals for the Sector 123 landfill before starting to dump waste. Residents need not worry; we will follow laid down rules.”
As per the solid waste management rules, 2016, a distance of 500 metres from the boundary of the solid waste processing and disposal facility (sanitary landfill) should be maintained. However, on a case-to-case basis, a minimum distance of 200 metres from the solid waste processing and disposal facility (sanitary landfill) can be considered subject to the condition that such facility meets the stipulated standards prescribed by State Pollution Control Board with respect to ambient air as well as for stack emissions.