Make Sure Ready-Mix Plants In Noida Don't Operate Without Our Approval: NGT To UP
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said that no ready-mix plants will be permitted to operate at construction sites in Noida without its specific approval. A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, asked the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to strictly ensure that there is no dust emission due to the operation of these equipment.
Ready-mix is a type of concrete that is manufactured by combining a precise amount of rock, sand, water and cement at construction sites.
"The counsel for the UPPCB states that they will not give the consent unless the owner of the ready-mix plant applies for the same, and it is granted by the board. Ready-mix plants will not be permitted to operate in any case in the area in question unless there is specific direction given by the tribunal in that behalf," the Bench said.
The green panel also slammed the officials concerned for not taking action against the developers responsible for polluting emissions caused by construction and transportation of construction materials. The NGT had earlier lashed out at the UP government and the Noida Authority for not abiding by its order, banning construction in the national capital region even when the PM10 (particulate matter) level was over 900, saying they were making a "mockery of the system”.
The NGT was hearing a plea, alleging that despite specific orders, construction material, hazardous to the health of the locals, was lying in the open. The petition has claimed that construction activities were being carried out unabashedly in Sectors 71-78 of Noida and sand, bricks and debris were lying in the open, posing a threat to the people. The plea has also sought direction to the UPPCB to establish ambient air quality monitoring at Sectors 71 and 74-78.
With inputs from Housing News