A year after it was rapped for dumping waste in the Patiala ki Rao rivulet, the SAS Nagar Municipal Corporation (MC) has yet again been pulled up for unchecked dumping of solid waste. In its order dated January 15, the National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, has asked the civic body to acquire land for a dumping ground within the year and to make the ground operational in two years’ time.
In its order, the tribunal has allowed civic authorities to dump waste temporarily in another ground in Phase 8, but only after segregating it according to the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000. The order was passed on a petition filed by Mohali Industry and Commerce Association.
The tribunal has given the MC till January 2015 to acquire land and January 2017 to make the ground fully operational. The tribunal also pulled up the Punjab Pollution Control Board for not implementing the norms effectively.
The order comes a year after the tribunal forbade the civic body from dumping waste in the Patiala ki Rao rivulet in Phase 8.
The civic body’s unchecked dumping of solid waste has been under the scanner for the past several years. While Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had allotted a 13-acre site in Phase 8-B for dumping solid waste in May 2006, some residents moved Punjab and Haryana high court against the move. In May 2012, the corporation had assured the high court that it would acquire 13-acres of land in Samgauli village near Dera Bassi, a promise it has so far failed to keep.
Meanwhile, it dumped 100 tonne of solid waste in the rivulet each day since the past eight years, endangering the lives of 10,000 employees working in establishments in the vicinity of the site, besides causing water, air and soil pollution.