Open garbage burning continues in Gurgaon despite NGT order
Waste burning has become a common sight in the city despite the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order against burning waste in the open. Residents said contractors of the civic authorities burn garbage.gurgaon Updated: Oct 24, 2016 00:20 IST
Waste burning has become a common sight in the city despite the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order against burning waste in the open. Residents said contractors of the civic authorities burn garbage.
Residents said they have complained to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) about waste burning in the last 15 days. However, the authorities have not acted, they said.
The practice is rampant around Golf Course Extension Road where thousands of families live. “This is a public health hazard. The attempt to reduce everything to ashes in the name of swachh abhiyan will come at the cost of our health,” Ruchika Sethi, member of Clean Gurgaon — an NGO — said.
“There are no waste treatment plants and no solutions in place to all known reasons for open dumping and burning. The civic bodies still continue to handle solid waste in a primitive manner,” she said.
The Bandhwari waste treatment plant near the city has been lying defunct since 2013 and is being used as a landfill.
As per data of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), open burning of solid wastes emits pollutants such as carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2).
Residents said waste is usually burnt at vacant plots at night or early morning.
At one such site in Sector 15, waste segregated in bins to be transported to a specific site for recycling was set on fire.
“The waste comprises household waste, including plastic and rubber, in addition to horticulture waste, emitting poisonous smoke into the air when burnt. Hundreds of residents living here are spending sleepless nights, with pungent smoke suffocating them,” Bhawani Shankar Tripathy of Sector 23A said.
“Despite repeated complaints, Huda officials refuse to clean an eight-acre vacant plot at Sector 23. The plot has turned into a dumping ground for construction waste, garbage and horticulture waste. Dead animals are also at times buried there,” Tripathy said.
Residents of Sector 30 also said they are facing respiratory issues because of large scale open burning of waste. “As soon as it gets dark, smoke from burning garbage fills the air and it becomes difficult to breath,” Sangeetha Jaiswal of Sector 30, said.
On Saturday, someone burnt a garbage dump near HEWO
apartments in Sector 47,
Huda executive engineer, VK Nirala, said the authority is trying to prevent people from burning waste in the city. “We will launch a drive to check waste burning in the open. We have also given instructions to contractors to refrain from burning waste,” he said.