Panchkula has only a temporary dumping ground in Sector 23, where about 120 tonnes of the city’s waste is being dumped The Sector 26 Resident Welfare Association and Alka Sarin, resident of Sector 25, approached a local court to direct the civic body to shift the dumping ground, as it emanated foul smell and caused air pollution. While the case is still pending in the National Green Tribunal, (NGT), New Delhi, residents of sectors 23-26 continue to have a hard time due to the unbearable stink.
The NGT had imposed a ban on dumping garbage at the temporary ground in 2013. However, the MC encountered problems in disposing off the garbage. The NGT later relented and allowed the civic body to dump the waste, but only after scientifically treating it.The construction of a boundary wall around the dumping ground has not solved the problem of unbearable stink and the presence of houseflies near the ground. Residents said the garbage in the dumping ground often caught fire in summers. The MC proposes to shift the dumping ground to Jhuriwala. However, residents have opposed it due to the proximity of Jhuriwala to residential areas. Meanwhile, the MC is awaiting the clearance for this proposal from the ministry of environment and forests.