fficials of the Noida authority on Tuesday said they are waiting for the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to temporarily lift its ban on the use of hot-mix plants to resurface a five-kilometre stretch of the Master Plan-2 Road. Officials are hopeful NGT will lift the ban for a fortnight.
The stretch falls under the city’s first elevated road, which was opened to the public on June 28, and extends up to the approach road. The stretch was damaged during the construction of the elevated road.
“We will resurface the stretch in 15 days if we get NGT’s permission to run hot mix plants. Our target is to resurface the main road and the service lane along it before Diwali, which is on October 19,” said SC Mishra, senior project engineer, Noida authority.
Thousands of motorists use this road daily and face a harrowing time due to potholes. During the peak hour, dug-up patches of the road near sectors 33, 25 and 31 slow traffic.
NGT, on November 23, 2016, had ordered the Noida and Greater Noida authorities, Gautam Budh Nagar police and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to inspect construction sites and penalise those causing air pollution. The authorities had also shut 21 hot mix plants following the NGT order, to contain air pollution.
As carried in HT on 28/9/2017