Although Noida Authority is in the news for levying penalty on polluters like malls and other establishments, Greater Noida based environment conservationist and founder of SAFE NGO, Vikrant Tongad had alleged and complained over the Uttar Pradesh IGRS portal about illegal waste dumping in Noida- that has been taken lightly by officials. According to his complaint since the last 3 months several trucks carrying construction & demolition (C&D) waste from the Sector 81 Noida plant of Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd are dumping this waste out in the open instead of scientific segregation and disposal of such waste as per C & D Waste Management Rules 2016.
The activist alleged that due to this, the land where the waste was being illegally dumped could convert into a barren stretch and the waste dumping could lead to prevention of rain water percolating underground that could also affect future construction work.
The green activist also alleged that apart from Samsung, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation or NMRC was also disposing of its C & D waste here & there starting from Sector 91 where the work of biodiversity park is going on at present. He said that lots of such waste belonging to the Noida Metro has also dumped at Sector 81 threatening the flora of the place.
However, the Noida Authority in its reply to Tongad said that Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd has not been found to be causing pollution and violating the NGT order after investigations were launched by the Authority. The letter written to Tongad by OSD Industry, Naveen Kumar Singh states that Samsung had also submitted a report alongwith photographs to the Noida Authority which do not reveal any environmental violations.
Meanwhile, in its reply to the Authority over the complaint made by the activist, Samsung had stated in a letter “that it has engaged 3 vendors for demolition and management of construction and demolition (C&D) waste. The letter further said that these 3 vendors are Eddifice Engineering, Hankuk construction and Matte and Associates. These vendors collect demolition waste from our site and transfer it to storage yards.”
The Samsung letter further states that its waste is segregated and sold as steel, cable, glass wool, concrete etc to several re-cyclers.
Samsung in the letter further states that no waste is dumped on public land and roads and all reasonable measures are taken not to cause pollution to the environment. The letter states that “all trucks carrying construction material are covered with sheets apart from other measures to prevent pollution.”
Tongad said that apart from Noida Authority, a complaint against Samsung had been made to the Pollution Control Board also. He claimed that Samsung had been fined by the PCB Noida and prevented from disposing of the waste in this manner. He also said that the C & D waste would now have to be dumped at Noida Authority’s C & D waste site and same goes for the NMRC. From here the waste would be recycled, said Tongad.
UPPCB official of Noida could not be reached on his phone at the time of filing this report. Samsung India also could not be contacted on phone so an e-mail has been sent to the company for their inputs.
A Samsung C&T spokesperson said, “Samsung C&T fully abides by the law. It has been contracted the work of reconstructing an old building at the Samsung Noida factory. As part of the process, Samsung C&T has shifted the demolition waste to a temporary yard where C&D waste is being segregated. After segregation, this waste is being disposed disposed of at the authorised waste recycling facility.”
–By Prasoon Pant, delhincrnews.in, Pix: Vikrant Tongad