A delegation comprising of seven local residents opposing the dump yard in Sector 123 met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Ghaziabad on Monday. On hearing to their plea, CM Yogi gave an assurance of a meeting to be held calling local residents, MP, MLA and Noida Authority to conclude on the issue.
However, it was assured by the CM that the dump yard would be located beyond 2km from the area of human dwelling. This is also a mandatory mention in the Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM) of 2016.
“We met chief minister Yogi Adityanath and submitted a petition detailing all the issues relating to Sector 123 landfill site. We have also apprised him how the Noida Authority has misrepresented facts in the NGT. We also told him how the dump yard in Sector 123 is detrimental to the health of lakhs of people living nearby,” said Sukhveer Pahalwan, leader of Kooda Ghar Sangharsh Samiti.
According to Pahalwan, they elicited an assurance from the chief minister that the matter will be looked into. “We were assured by the chief minister that the dump yard will be beyond 2 km from the residential area and also that the issue of civic waste disposal in Noida will be addressed very soon,” said Pahalwan, who runs an akhara in his village Sarfabad to train national and international level wrestlers.
However, MLA Pankaj Singh said that a decision to go ahead with the dump yard would be taken within the ambit of the law. “The chief minister met the delegation in our presence and he assured them that the issue would be dealt with as per the law and that the apprehensions of the residents would be addressed,” Singh told.
The land earmarked for the waste plant at Sector 123 is just 175.25 metres from Homes 121 and 136 metres and less than a km from the other side of Garhi Chaukhandi village as per site inspection report done on May 25, 2013 and submitted in NGT by a local commissioner appointed by the tribunal itself in 2013. “Garhi is separated by just one road from the landfill site which is less than one kilometre. And that is the road leading to FNG corridor,” said Pahalwan.
Meanwhile, FONRWA president N P Singh on Monday said that all RWAs are against the dump yard in Sector 123. “The dumping ground in Noida has become a political issue. All RWAs including FONRWA are against any garbage dump in Noida. Everyone should join in to make it a social issue and not a political one and ensure that the said site is removed,” said Singh.
Meanwhile, residents of highrise apartments who complained of harassment calls from unknown numbers to stop their agitation, also scaled up the Twitter campaign mentioning the harassment calls from 12 noon on Monday.