Locals protest against power substation

Extremely concerned about health hazards caused due to a high-power sub-station close to their residence, the residents of Gaur Green City in Indirapuram on Sunday took out a protest march in the vicinity.

‘We have consulted several doctors and physicians, who were of the opinion that electromagnetic radiations emitted from these high power sub-stations cause leukaemia and several other diseases,’ said Jighysu Pant, Secretary of Gaur Green City Residents Welfare Association.

The 400 KVA electricity sub-station is being built in green belt and is less than 10 metres away from the residential society of 760 flats.

‘At the time of purchasing the flats, no such facility was proposed at the site and it was not even mentioned in the Master Plan-2021 of Ghaziabad Development Authority [GDA],’ added Pant. The facility is being constructed to supply electricity in Indirapuram and nearby areas, which face acute power shortage and frequent outages.

‘We are running from pillar to post to stall the construction and relocate it somewhere else but nobody is listening,’ said Alok Bhardwaj, a resident of Gaur Green City.

A representative of RWA met  GDA vice-chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav on 16 May to express concern. Yadav had directed officials concerned to visit the site with Chief Medical Officer [CMO], but no officer has visited the site, so far. The residential society was constructed in 2003-05, and by 2006, it was fully occupied by allottees.

‘The project will erode the green belt that cushions society from the pollution from vehicles plying on NH-24,’ added Bhardwaj. The residents also expresses their concern regarding traffic jam in the area due to the proposed widening of NH-24.

‘We can use green the belt to install power stations. We have asked Chief Medical Officer of Ghaziabad to submit the report, who is likely to visit the site by Tuesday,’ said D P Singh, OCD of GDA.

The CMO of Ghaziabad, Ajay Aggarwal, termed the health concerns of residents completely ‘imaginary’.

‘I have neither seen any case nor read any literature in which rays are emitted from power plants. I asked the RWA members to provide me authentic literature but nobody came forward,’ said Aggarwal. He flayed the RWA members for unnecessarily opposing a public project.
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