The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has issued a showcause notice to the contractors of the Bandhwari sewage treatment plant, citing various shortcomings in its operations.
The notice has been issued after scanning reports from the plant and its site inspection by the board.
Officials of HSPCB said that the plant was a failure as it was working under capacity and also unable to process enough waste because of the large quantity of plastic waste generated in the city.
The contractors who have been entrusted with running the Bandhwari plant by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, AKC Developers Limited, could not be contacted.
According to a daily process report submitted by the contractors, the plant receives an average of 900 tonnes of waste every day from Gurgaon and Faridabad, but processes just about 600 tonnes daily.
“Various irregularities were found during the site inspection of the plant which we have made note of and reported,” said a pollution control board official.
The contractors have been issued the notice under the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Act, 2000 for not being able to apply for expansion of the project.
“The plant has been working under capacity for a long time but we have issued instructions for its expansion to process 1,100 million litres daily (MLD) waste from the current capacity of 600 MLD. This should be done by the end of the year,” said Sumit Dhankar, chief medical officer, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon.
Following the site inspection in June, it was found that the plant was unable to segregate and scientifically dispose of solid waste. Other important violations by the plant included poor management of odour during transport of the waste material and not tapping groundwater on the premises of the plant.
It was also found that the plant was not able to treat effluents and leachate properly.
“The plant has not been treating waste on certain days due to power failure and has been disposing of the waste without treatment. Its capacity needs to be enhanced to at least 1,500 MLD,” said an HSPCB official.