Death Knell of Hindon River : Courtesy Noida Authority
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Hindon River, one of the prominent tributaries of Western UP, which till recently was the lifeline of the agricultural heartland of northern India, has now earned the name of a 'dead river'. The pollution levels of this river have earned it a 'dead river' status officially and its water declared ‘unfit’ even for bathing, according to the Central Pollution Control Board report of 2015.
It is now a poison-laden drain that has contaminated the water table that feeds the hand pumps, bore wells and tube wells. Villages after Villages on its banks are turning into deathbeds because of the scourge of cancer.
Amidst all this and the very ambitious # rallyforrivers campaign which has just submitted its recomendations to the govt of India, Noida Authority looks to be in great hurry to put the last nail in the coffin of the almost dead river, so that its rejuvenation cant even be thought of.
Noida Authority, recently, has decided to bring in a Scientific Landfill(SLF) Site and Waste to Energy(WTE) plant, in Sec 123 , Noida , which is hardly 20 mtrs away from Hindon river bed.
Besides, the proposed location of the SLF/WTE in sec 123, Noida, is hardly 100 meters away from the residential hubs namely Homes 121, Village Garhi Chaukhandi, accommodating around 2 lacs of inhabitants.
The proposed SLF looks to be poorly planned by Noida Auhtority as it falls bang on the FNG expressway (NH), which is a fairly busy and vital road connecting Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad.
The proposed Landfill site is not even 20 kms away from the Hindon Air base, which might become a national security hazard as well , in case it hinders the smooth operations of the fighter planes.
A city dies a slow death, if it cant keep its water bodies alive. Noida/Ghaziabad is on its path to slow death, we have systematically killed Hindon.The so called saviour, the city urban planner, Noida Authority has itself taken a lead in ringing the Death Knell of the river Hindon.
Its not just a question of survival of a huge No of populace, its a question of their rights to a dignified life, their rights to clean water and pure air. Its a question of the civilization that has prospered on the banks of Hindon, its a question of the cultural ethos that flew through Hindon since ages.
With heavy hearts and teary eyes, we the residents of Noida are helplessly witnessing this death. Its our last cry to save our existence.
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