Open dumping of carcasses in Sikanderpur Ghosi has become a major concern for those living in nearby areas such as DLF Phase-1. Residents say that the foul smell from the decaying bodies is making the area unlivable, not to mention the unhygienic conditions.
As there is no scientific mechanism in the city for disposing of the carcasses, the bodies are dumped in the open.
On Friday, residents of DLF Phase-1 met forest officials and requested them to look for an alternative site for the disposal of carcasses.
“We met officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) earlier, but the issue has not been resolved yet. The foul smell coming from the decaying carcasses is making our lives miserable,” said JS Walia, a resident of DLF Phase-1.
Another resident of the locality Ravinder Yadav, said, “The situation is a threat to both, animals in the area as well as residents. The poor hygienic condition can cause diseases.”
The area is close to the marble market. The carcasses are dumped within the 4-5km radius of the market. The situation turns worse during rains when the stench becomes unbearable, said the residents.
Not just carcasses, locals say the area has become a dumping ground for garbage and construction and demolition waste.
The forest department said they do not have any jurisdiction in the area to set up an incinerator. Incineration is a waste treatment process that involves combustion of organic substances contained in waste materials.
But the department agreed that dumping of carcasses in the open area is dangerous and can affect the environment.
“We have also been demanding scientific disposal of carcasses, but we do not own the land,” said MD Sinha, conservator of forest, Gurgaon.
The MCG, meanwhile, has a plan to establish an incinerator in DLF Phase-III, which will run on CNG, but nothing concrete has been done so far.
“This project is long pending. We have already issued tender for the project and the city will soon have its first incinerator for carcasses,” said Amit Khatri, additional commissioner, MCG.
In February, the forest department sent a proposal the MCG for establishing an incinerator in Bandhwari or any other suitable site within three months.
The proposal stated, “This can very well be done at the proposed extended Bandhwari site where a case for transfer of 32-acre forest land to MCG is already under process.”
The area has been suffering from the problem of dumping of carcasses, garbage and construction waste for a long time. In February, on the directions of the National Green Tribunal, a special investigation team headed by additional deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh was formed. The team submitted its report to the district administration, stating that garbage and construction waste are dumped there. Civic agencies were told to clean the area and place boards warning people against dumping waste there. The area was cleaned and some boards were put up but dumping of waste continued.
Fed up of the problem, in May, residents protested against illegal dumping of construction and demolition waste along the Pahariwala road. After the protests, civic bodies cleaned the area but the problem persists.