Exhausts directly facing homes
New generators in Baghdad neighborhood cause distress
BAGHDAD — The installation of 10 one-megawatt generators along the sidewalk of a main street in Baghdad’s Al-Jihad neighborhood is causing local unrest.
The generators, positioned outside homes in a housing complex, emit disturbing levels of noise, pollution, vibrations, and unpleasant odors.
Sector 885’s community members have raised their concerns about the generators’ placement and the direction of their exhausts facing their homes.
The trial run of these units has only escalated worries due to the excessive noise and ongoing vibrations.
Some locals believe the complex’s management might be trying to coerce them into selling their properties by ignoring requests to move the generators, despite having sufficient space to do so.
Ahmed Salman, a resident, spoke to 964media stating, “Generators that don’t disrupt peace should be installed farther from living spaces, and those affected deserve redress through legal avenues.”
Haider Al-Waili, another local, has called on those affected to pursue legal action in Iraqi courts against the perpetrators, viewing it as the optimal resolution for all and a way to secure justice for the victims.
Mohammed Ali, also from Al-Jihad, remains hopeful that the complex will switch to quieter generators in response to community pressure. He advises patience to see what unfolds before making any decisions.