Residents complain construction and demolition (C&D) waste are dumped in the Aravalli forest area near Sunset Boulevard Road, opposite Shiv Nadar School, in Gurgaon. They allegedly hold Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) contractors responsible for damaging the green belt.
Even as the area is notified forest and protected under Section 4&5 of the Punjab and Haryana Land Protection Act (PLPA) 1990 and any kind of non-forestry activity is prohibited and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had last year ordered Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and MCG to stop dumping of waste in the Aravalli, dumping continues.
“I recently stopped a heavy earth moving excavator hired by MCG. These people were unaware that it was illegal and were busy dumping C&D debris collected from roadsides into the forest area across the barbed wire fence,” said Vaishali Rana Chandra, a resident of Valley View Estate.
Another resident Sharmila Kaushik said, “Why MCG and other government agencies designated for the protection of Aravallis have not laid down clear instructions for contractors to adhere to? As a result, their action damages the Aravallis further rather than protecting it.”
MCG official said that contractors are told to relocate debris collected from roadsides to designated site. Sanitary inspector, Sudhir Kumar, MCG, said, “We have asked the contractor to take C&D waste to Basai area where there is a designated place to recycle the waste.”
He said violators are fined Rs5,000 challans for dumping waste in Aravalli and issued warning to not repeat such activities.
“In the last two months, we have issued more than 15 challans to contractors,” said Kumar.
In March 2016, taking note of allegations by city-based environmentalists that construction waste was dumped in the Aravalli forest in Gurgaon-Faridabad road, the district administration had set up a special investigation team (SIT) to conduct a probe and laid down action plan besides fencing the area.