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Site marked for dumping debris

gurgaon Updated: May 18, 2013 00:44 IST
Charumathi Sankaran

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has earmarked a site near Kachra Chowk on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Expressway for setting up a plant for the disposal of construction waste.

Heaps of debris is spread in various commercial and residential areas across the Millennium City.

“The waste generated from projects under construction as well as from residential complexes will be processed at the proposed plant,” said BS Singroha, chief engineer, MCG.

However, the site is notified as a protected zone of the Aravalis. On this, the civic body has decided to approach the ministry of environment and forests to get clearance for the zone.

“Kachra Chowk is the site chosen for the proposed plant. We already have tenders marked for the construction. But the site is notified as a protected zone of the Aravalis. So we will apply to the ministry of environment and forests for a clearance next week,” added Singroha.

Representatives of the citizens’ groups, including Gurgaon Action Plan with We The People, Clean Gurgaon and Gurgaon First, met Singroha on Thursday to discuss how to dispose of the malba effectively.

“The idea is to make groups of people collaborate on the issue so that we can work with the authorities and ensure that the disposal process is carried out as planned,” said Gauri Sarin, a representative of the Gurgaon Action Plan.

Meanwhile, local residents are opposed to a disposal facility coming up in the vicinity.

“The malba is dumped and gets flattened out. Hawkers and jhuggis come up at the spot. Besides, the site is under the Aravali belt. We don’t want to lose our greens,” said GB Singh, resident of G-Block, DLF City Phase I, who resides near Kachra Chowk.

As per a resolution passed by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon in 2010, IL & FS Waste Management and Urban Services Ltd (IWMUSL) had given its consent to set up a facility for the disposal of construction and demolition waste in collaboration with the civic body.

The resolution said the MCG would have to provide IWMUSL land in low-lying areas to facilitate the disposal of waste.

“Since Gurgaon is an IT and ITES hub, it also requires a facility for safe disposal of e-Waste. The IWMUSL expressed interest in setting up an e-Waste management facility on the same land,” the resolution read.