A week-long door-to-door awareness campaign launched by the residents’ welfare association (RWA) of DLF City Phase-3 to spread awareness about the ill-effects of toxic waste concluded on Sunday.
On the last day of the campaign launched on June 21, a large number of residents held a peaceful march at the Children’s Park on Moulsari Road.
“We want to put a stop to the widespread use of plastic bags, dumping of waste in vacant plots, leaking sewerage, stagnant water and radiation from cell towers,” said Joginder Singh, RWA president.
The citizens’ body also demanded that the practice of burning waste without segregating the toxic and bio-degradable parts should be stopped.
RWA secretary RP Bajaj said, “Contractors of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and DLF Estate Developers Limited can’t burn garbage as per the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules-2000 issued by the ministry of environment.”
Talking about diseases caused by burning of garbage that contains polythene, German national Saskia Croneberg also educated residents about water-borne diseases that spread in the city due to stagnant water. She also talked about the ill-effects of radiation from mobile phone towers in residential areas.
“We have requested residents to not use polythene bags. An example of its ill-effects is the nearby Nathupur village. The sewage system here was laid down a long time ago. Now, the entire system is clogged with poly bags, leading to seepage,” Singh said.
Residents also blamed the construction boom in the city for the disappearance of natural drains, making it difficult for rain water to drain out.