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UPPCB issues notice to Noida housing complexes for flouting pollution norms

The UPPCB has issued notice to Prateek Wisteria, located in Sector 77, and Amrapali’s Princely Estate in Sector 76.

noida Updated: Feb 12, 2018 22:36 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindsutan Times
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In Amrapali Princely Estate, the generator set chimney is only 1.5 metres above the residential tower, whereas norms stipulate that it should be above five metres.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) on Monday said it has started issuing notices to housing complexes where large generator sets are operational in violation of rules, thereby causing air pollution.

The notices were served after residents filed complaints with the state pollution control body, officials said.

To begin with, the UPPCB has issued notice to Prateek Wisteria, located in Sector 77, and Amrapali’s Princely Estate in Sector 76.

“The UPPCB told us that the chimney of generator should be five metres above the last flat of the building. But in our complex, the chimney is only 1.5 metres above the residential tower. As a result, smoke gets inside flats,” Amit Gupta, a resident of Prateek Wisteria, said.

Davendra Singh, a resident of Amrapali Princely Estate, said, “The UPPCB should have conducted an inspection and acted against the violations before we filed a complaint. Now, the pollution control agency should act proactively against builders who violate pollution rules.”

“We conducted an inspection at the two housing complexes and found that the builders have violated norms in setting up the generator sets. The size of the chimney and other specifications are not in keeping with the rules,” UPPCB regional officer, BB Awasthi, said.

We have, through a notice, asked them to explain (the deviation) and rectify the mistakes. If they will not correct the violation then we will act against them as per the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981,” he said.

Officials with the UPPCB said the body will act against the builders concerned in accordance with the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, and shut down generator sets that are operational in violation of norms.

SK Mittal, president (administration) of Prateek Wisteria, said, “We followed all rules while setting up generator sets. The chimney is also as per norms. We have replied to the notice.”

Amrapali Group director Shiv Priya said, “We will look into it and take appropriate action as per law in this regard.”

Additionally, the UPPCB officials said they will physically inspect each housing complex with large generator sets to see if their installation is in keeping with the norms.

The UPPCB said that there are many housing complexes where the builders have flouted air pollution norms while installing generator sets.

“If the builders fail to rectify the errors, then we will have to shut down the generator sets because these cause air pollution and affect the health of residents,” Awasthi said.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 22:36 IST