Two days after garbage disposal stopped at the site in Sector 123, where a waste-to-energy plant was being constructed, a committee is being formed to look for alternate sites, Noida Authority officials said, adding that villages surrounding the new site will be adopted and developed into model villages.
“It is an issue of the city and the city itself will have to find a solution,” said Gautam Buddha Nagar district magistrate BN Singh.
“A committee of all stakeholders comprising RWAs, village committees, politicians, media persons among others will be formed. The committee will take feedback from people about the alternate site. Noida Authority will be asked to make presentations for residents of the area where the next site is proposed,” Singh said. The DM added that “a package” will be provided to residents which will comprise health, education and employment benefits and will ensure that all environment and health concerns regarding a WTE project among locals are resolved.
“Even if there is a perception of loss among residents of the area where the project is proposed, they will need to be addressed. I will request the IMA to provide free medical services in the area. As far as employment is concerned, I will also request the industries from Noida to voluntarily give preferential treatment to youth of this area on a merit basis. All possible government schemes should be saturated in the villages around the WTE site and the education department will be asked to ensure adequate facilities,” Singh added.
The move came hours after a letter was sent to the DM from Noida Authority. Meanwhile, earlier this month, a protest by local residents had turned violent after stones were pelted at police teams near the site. Protesters had raised health and environment concerns over the setting up of a WTE plant near their residential colonies. The incident had led to the arrest of 80 residents on June 4. Despite the slew of arrests which took place, residents had refused to bow down to the administration and the NGT order. Recently, the International Yoga Day observed “kooda yoga” in order to attract government’s attention.
On May 29, an NGT bench had issued an order on a petition filed by a section of residents of sectors 22, 33, 53, 55 and 56 of Noida.