Landfill protest: Noida residents boycott meeting

Noida: Continuing their agitation against the construction of landfill in Noida's Sector 123, the residents of the adjoining areas boycotted the meeting called by the district magistrate and the SSP of Gautam Buddh Nagar on Thursday citing that the meeting is of no use to them and the administration will just force them to agree to their terms.

According to the residents, the meeting is expected to be called in the wake of previous protest against the landfill. The administration wants to maintain law and order, they have nothing to do with the problems which we and our future generations will be going to face due to this landfill, alleged residents.

As per a senior official of district administration, the meeting was called to direct the residents to maintain law and order in the city and if they have issue they should move to either National Green Tribunal (NGT) or the court but should not intervene in the work of statutory body. However, the document shown by the residents states clearly that they can complain to the authority if they feel that the site is not suitable.

According to the master-plan-2031 of Noida, a recreational green area is proposed at the site where the authority is constructing a dump-yard and the residents thus state that they won't let the authorities violate the rules.

The officials from Noida Authority have claimed that the local leaders are spreading rumors among the residents about the dump yard but they have modern technology that would not make it a filthy landfill like Ghazipur or Okhla.

However, the residents have ruled out their claims and saying that if any such technology is there, why has not been the same taken up for the dump yards in the national capital of the country.

Meanwhile, the people who were arrested on Monday after lathi-charge are fighting against the authority from inside the Luksar jail by going on an indefinite hunger strike and plan to continue till their demands are met.

"Around 12 out of the 26 arrested people have gone on hunger strike to continue their fight against the authority inside the Luksar Jail in Greater Noida. They have also informed their families that they will continue to fight from inside the jail while the others should continue to fight from outside and do not give up," said a resident from Parthla village.

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