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Construction : Web Exclusive | July 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Noida landfill project faces roadblock

Noida Authority was asked to halt the construction activity on the landfill site in Sector 123 after a commission appointed by the National Green Tribunal found that the site was near human habitation.

A landfill cannot be near a residential cluster, a state highway or a river. Earlier, a petition was filed with the tribunal alleging that the site chosen was amid habitations, which is in violation of the Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000.

Following this, a commission was appointed to investigate the project. The commission, in its report, observed that the Noida Authority failed to secure clearance from Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) for the project.

Habitations, including villages, residential sectors and ongoing housing projects, were found to be in proximity to the site on all sides in clear violation of the norms.

Following this, the tribunal restrained the Noida Authority from carrying out digging or construction till the next hearing.

The Authority officials are yet to appear before the tribunal to clarify their stance despite getting court notices. The commission filed its report has a copy with the tribunal.

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