Hundreds of people, including school children, held a demonstration against the dumping of construction and demolition (C&D) waste on forest land along the Pahariwala Road opposite Le Meridien Hotel, Gurgaon, around 8am on Sunday.
Residents from various upscale condominiums also participated in the protest, demanding removal of C&D waste from the area and the construction of a recycling plant in the city. During the protest that went on for two hours, the protestors expressed their concern about the state of things near Le Meridien Hotel.
Madhulika Basak of The Belaire apartments said, “This upscale locality has turned into a dumping yard and the government has turned a blind eye on it.”
Another protestor Karan Ananda said, “The government talks about Swachh Bharat but creates garbage dumping sites everywhere in the city.”
A civic group, Green Gurgaon, initiated the campaign against construction waste dumping on April 20 and within a week, over 40,000 people joined the movement. The campaign is an expression of the angst of Gurgaon citizens against the apathy of the administration in delivery of basic civic responsibilities. The campaign is aimed at urging the administration to find a sustainable solution to this problem .
The protestors carried placards with slogans such as “More over Rajpath and Shantipath…Gurgaon to develop this road as Malbapath,” and “Millennium city or Malba city?”
Protesters said that mounds of C&D waste along the Pahariwala Road marred this stretch that is called the Sunset Boulevard.
“There is a nexus between the government agencies and corrupt people. The authorities have given permission to dump C&D waste on this stretch,” Ramesh Jain, one of the protesters, said.
People who participated in the protest include residents of Hamilton Court, Regency Park II, Windsor Court, Uniworld Gardens, Silver Oaks, Pinnacle, The Verandas, The Aralias, La Lagune, Vipul Belmonte, Atlantis, Aravali Retreat, Central Park I, Jalvayu Towers, Orlov Court, The Ivy, Jan Pratinidhi Apartments, Park Heights. Residents of colonies such as DLF 1,2 and 3, sectors 54 and 55, Aardee City, South City 1, New Colony , Nirvana Country and Ansal’s Aravali also participated.
Residents demanded that the waste should be dumped in the designated sites of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).
The MCG has 16 designated dumping sites in four zones -- Sohna, Gurgaon, Pataudi and Badshahpur.