City-based environmental activist Akash Vashishtha has alleged that Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) contractor is carrying out concretisation of roadside pavements by using interlocking tiles in Raj Nagar Sectors 5, 6, 7 8, 10 etc. despite the National Green Tribunal (NGT) having banned their use on a petition by him. According to Vashishtha, “Despite NGT’s orders, Environment Ministry’s policy and state GO banning cemented interlocking tiles, concretization of soft roadsides is on in full swing across Raj Nagar and several other places.”
Notably, after the NGT had passed the order the matter was settled in so far as that municipal corporations across Uttar Pradesh would not go for hard concrete or cement interlocking tiles that have a bearing on the environment with regard to the increase in temperature.
Vashishtha said: “This is not only a shameless act and brutal disregard for laws and regulations by Nagar Nigam with an intent to defeat all efforts in controlling air pollution and environmental preservation but also a sheer waste of public money which otherwise could be utilized for underprivileged classes/areas.”
Chief Engineer of the GNN said he was not aware of the work and said that he would get it checked and take appropriate action if there is any violation of the court order and the GO. However, Vashishtha said that the pace of the such work was brisk and it does not seem that the GNN has taken any action to stop the work so far.
–Prasoon Pant, delhincrnews.in