The Noida authority has decided to recycle construction debris dumped across the city in a bid to reduce pollution. The authority plans to make bricks, tiles and other construction materials in the recycling process.
Officials said that the decision was taken after it was observed that most builders, contractors and residents throw construction debris on any available vacant plot. Many such sites, especially in sectors 85 and 137, among others, have turned into an eyesore due to the dumping of debris as well as garbage. The authority has no mechanism in place to dispose of the waste.
“The construction debris that you spot in the city will be a thing of the past soon. We have decided to hire an agency to set up a plant and make bricks and tiles from construction debris. We are drafting terms and conditions under which the agency will function,” Rakesh Kumar Mishra, an additional chief executive officer of the Noida authority, said.
According to the authority, an agency will be selected in the next two to three months for collecting construction debris from across the city and transporting it to the plant.
“We are busy identifying a suitable site where the agency will set up its plant for the project. We will soon float a tender to select an agency as per norms,” Mishra said.
Officials said that the authority aims to replicate the model of Delhi’s Jahangirpuri. “We have got reports that the authorities in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri are already doing this. We want to follow in their footsteps because our objective is to make Noida a clean city in the truest sense,” Mishra said.
The authority said that another reason for the move is to check dumping of construction debris on the Yamuna floodplains, which pollutes the river.
In January 2013, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned dumping of debris, including construction material, into the Yamuna and had directed Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to remove the rubble immediately. However, dumping of construction material on Yamuna floodplains continues.
“If we provide a facility to make bricks or other products from construction debris, nobody will dump the same at undesignated places,” an official said.