Land­fill site at Noida: NGT asks residents to ap­proach UP govt

Millennium Post - - CITY -

NEW DELHI: The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal has directed a Noida-based as­so­ci­a­tion of home­own­ers to ap­proach the Ut­tar Pradesh govern­ment with its plea that the pro­posed Sec­tor 123 site was un­fit for set­ting up a land­fill for mu­nic­i­pal waste.

A bench headed by act­ing Chair­per­son Jus­tice U D Salvi asked the residents, who are op­pos­ing the set­ting up of a waste-to-en­ergy plant and land­fill at the site, to make a rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the state govern­ment and the NOIDA author­ity. "It can be seen that the mat­ter of util­i­sa­tion of the site at Sec­tor 123, NOIDA for mu­nic­i­pal solid waste pro­cess­ing site/waste to en­ergy plant lies be­fore the author­ity and the ag­grieved par­ties are granted lib­erty to ap­proach the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to vent their griev­ances.

"The present ap­pli­ca­tion can be dis­posed of with lib­erty be­ing granted to the ap­pli­cant to ap­proach the state of Ut­tar Pradesh and NOIDA author­ity with a plea that as per sit­ting cri­te­ria the site at Sec­tor 123, NOIDA is not an ap­pro­pri­ate site. Lib­erty in afore­said terms is thus granted," the bench said.

The green panel also directed the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to take a de­ci­sion in this re­gard af­ter con­sid­er­ing the plea in ac­cor­dance with law.

The tri­bunal's di­rec­tion came while dis­pos­ing of a plea filed by Homes 121 Apart­ment Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion seek­ing re­lo­ca­tion of a waste-to-en­ergy plant at sec­tor 123 in Noida on the grounds that it would cause air and water pol­lu­tion.

The plea con­tended that nearly half-a-dozen res­i­den­tial sec­tors with at least 20,000 fam­i­lies were stay­ing in the area and se­vere health haz­ards were likely to oc­cur in case the plant is con­structed there.

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