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NGT orders Noida Authority to build waste-to-energy plant in next 6 months

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25/10/2017

In a major victory for residents of Sector 137, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday ordered Noida Authority to build and make functional a waste-to-energy plant in Sector 123 in the next six months and then shift all dumped garbage from a vacant plot in Sector 138A. This landfill site is close to Sector 137.

The order by a principal bench of NGT, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, came days after the green court banned dumping of garbage on the vacant plot in Sector 138A. Noida Authority had been using this plot for the past one year to illegally dispose of waste.

The order came in the wake of a petition filed in August this year by Gaurav Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 137, objecting to the dumping activity in Sector 138A. Choudhary claimed the illegal dumping of waste posed pollution and health risks to over half-a-dozen housing complexes located in Sector 137.

"It is a victory not just for the residents of Sector 137 but for all in Noida as the Authority has been finally pushed to action by the green court. Not only has the court ordered that the waste-to-energy project be made functional within six months, it has also ordered that all waste from Sector 138A be shifted out in a reasonable amount of time," said Saba Iqbal Siddiqui, the counsel for the residents.

"Apart from all this, the court has ordered that all residential societies in Noida should start the practice of sorting recyclable and non-recyclable waste at the point of origin so that segregation of waste becomes a uniform practice in the city," he added.

With the absence of designated garbage disposal site and the plan for the creation of garbage recycle unit at Astoli in Greater Noida on hold for several years, the Authority had been dumping solid waste at several local spots on a makeshift basis.

Residents of Sector 137, including those from housing societies such as Exotica Fresco, Paramount Floraville, Gulshan Vivante, Ajnara Daffodil, Paras Tierea and Purvanchal Royal Park, have long been protesting against this menace.

In a hearing of the case on October 10, NGT stopped the dumping of garbage in Sector 138A with immediate effect after Noida Authority admitted to the fact that the area was not a legally earmarked spot for garbage disposal, as per the Master Plan.

On October 16, the Noida Authority appealed for the court's permission to continue disposing waste in the region until an alternative was made, but the NGT refused to lift the ban on garbage disposal in 138A and asked them to create an alternative plan in a designated area as per the Master Plan.

Noida generates close to 700 metric tonnes of solid waste on a daily basis. The 40-year-old city still does not have an organised and functional solid waste disposal and recycling system.

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  • News Section: Bio Energy News
  • Month: October
  • Year: 2017
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