Littering In Noida Drains? Be Ready To Pay Fine
The Noida Authority, it seems, is going tough against dirt and squalor. Three months ago, it had hired non-governmental bodies for promoting awareness on sustainable solutions to keep the city clean, with the help of resident welfare associations (RWAs). After making an attempt to improve awareness, the authority has now decided to go tough against offenders. Be ready to pay a fine of up to Rs 5,000 in case you are found dirtying drains in Noida.
Noida’s choked drains
Data show Noida and Greater Noida produce waste to the tune of 600 metric tonne and 150 metric tonnes, respectively. The Noida Authority spends around Rs 140 crore annually on waste disposal. Waste is collected by sanitation workers from around 107 sectors, 61 villages, including industrial areas. Piles of collected garbage are then dumped at temporary landfill sites or open spaces that spoil the city’s green belts and drains.
The two cities, however, need a more effective waste management system in place to deal with the rising piles of waste. Lack of co-operation on the side of the public is only making the matter worse for the two cities. As a result of this, overloaded landfill sites are a common sight in Noida, and so are the drains that choke and overflow owing to waste dumping.
The drain running through localities like Harola, Sectors 2, 3, 4, 34, 35, Nithari and Hoshiyarpur, for instance, are greatly affected by public littering and waste disposal. During a recent inspection it was also found that the worst-affected among the 14 drains is the 17-kilometre irrigation drain starting from Ashok Nagar in Delhi which joins the Yamuna stream at Sector 168. This line takes the entire load of excess sewage coming from 13 smaller drains. The drains are only meant to carry only rainwater, but are now facing a slow death due to the irresponsible behaviour of some people. Residents, who witnessed inconvenience due to the overflow of these drains during the monsoon, had raised an alarm on this matter.
To deal with the issue, the Noida Authority has decided to deploy guards at certain points to identify the offenders. Penalty ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 would also be imposed on offenders for creating sanitation issues through improper waste disposal. Noida Authority Chief Executive Officer Alok Tandon issued a directive to the city health department in this regard on March 13.