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| Last Updated:01/02/2019

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No proper measures in place to curb dust pollution at builder sites in Noida

Pockets of Noida where constructions are in progress continue to be shrouded by a thick cloud of dust as PM2.5 level keeps hovering over 400g/m³. With several builder projects under construction in Sectors 142, 143 and neighboring areas, unpaved roads and construction material lying exposed at local mixing sites are all adding to the pollution.


A visit to sectors 142 and 143 showed construction material, with gravel and local mixing units, lying unattended in the open. Muddy internal roads are also giving rise to clouds of dust. Heavy vehicles moving on these roads further add to the problem.


Residents in the region claimed to have kept their windows shut for days because of ongoing construction. "For some of us, who have been living in these apartments for over a year, the windows have been mostly kept shut. Dust pollution is a big problem. The roads are under construction and so, the air quality of the region is always bad," said Vikas Gupta, a resident of Victor Crossroads.


Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) regional officer BB Awasthi said, "We will take immediate action and get the area inspected. Leaving construction material in the open and floating in air is being strictly controlled in the city as per NGT directives. We will bring the situation under control."


Residents of Sector 76 have recently moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT), highlighting the issue of dust pollution from construction activity. The tribunal had pulled up the authority after pictures showed high levels of dust pollution at construction sites.


"Noida Authority and the pollution control board are taking needful steps to curb pollution levels and they are at the helm of keeping the situation under control," said BN Singh, district magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar.


"All construction areas in the city should have fountains, so that the dust can be absorbed. Water sprinkling should be done religiously. It should be made mandatory for builders to install fountains at all roundabouts," said Vikrant Tongad, founder, Social Action for Forests and Environment, a Greater Noida-based NGO working for conservation of the environment.