The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) said on June 11 that while waste conversion is an urgent need for the urban centres, the location of the project should still be reconsidered as it adversely affects the residential hubs of an expanding city.
Apart from a series of apartments in Sector 122, which directly face the garbage dump at the fork of Gaur Chowk, it is also in the vicinity of a series of Noida Extension flats.
The nearby apartments in Noida Extension are Gaur City, Exotica Dreamville, Palm Olympia, Gaur City 2, Gaur’s 14th Avenue, Gaur City Club and Saya and Aarza Square 2. All of these have their main entrances facing the dumpyard. The balconies of these projects face the 25-acre plot which is being excavated. All these apartments are also in the wind direction from the spot.
“Waste-to-energy plants are crucial in the battle against urban waste, but their location should be better thought of. Decisions could always be reviewed,” Pankaj Bajaj, President, Credai NCR, said.
At Sector 118, on the Noida side, the new constructions that are coming up are Ajnara Ambrosia, Supertech Romano and Eldeco Aamantran which are also within a minute’s drive from Sector 123 dumpyard. At least 20,000-30,000 apartments are expected to be up for possession in this zone by the end of the year.
A similar lack of foresight is being blamed for marking an alternative spot for a sanitary landfill at Sector 151, which is in close proximity to some premier real estate projects like Lotus Greens, Antriksh Golf City, Mahagun Meadows.
The buyers claim they feel cheated by both Noida Authority and the builders. “When Astoli was already selected as a land fill zone, why did the Noida Authority have to relocate the plant to Noida? Is it because Jewar airport has made land closer to the airport premier? Why should middle-class homebuyers suffer for such a change in plan?” Abhishek Kumar, President, Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association asked.
Sharmila Bhowmick, The Times of India, Delhi/NCR