The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has failed to prevent industries from dumping waste into Gurgaon’s main stormwater drain even though the Punjab and Haryana High Court had imposed a ban on the practice three months ago.
The Master Drain 1 carries rainwater from various colonies such as Sikandarpur, DLF, Udyog Vihar, Palam Vihar, Dundahera, Molahera, sectors 21, 22 and 23 in Gurgaon to the Najaphgarh drain in Delhi. At several places in Udyog Vihar, factory effluents are released into the drain.
Hearing a petition filed by the residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Palam Vihar, the high court on April 30 this year asked Huda, the custodian authority of the drain, and the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), to stop the practice immediately.
“But industrial wastes are still being released in the drain and the waste overflows into rainwater harvesting system at some places. If the problem is not resolved soon, we will go to the court again,” said Sunil Yadav, a resident of Palam Vihar.
The residents said that before moving court, they had approached HSIIDC (Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation), Huda and the pollution department many times, seeking relief as factory wastes cause health hazards.
In 2003-04, the residents of Palam Vihar brought the matter to the notice of the then Huda administrator Anurag Aggarwal. “We moved the court for immediate relief and environmental safety,” said a resident. Both HSIIDC and Huda refused to comment on the matter. However, an HSPCB official said that matter has been discussed with Huda, which has to find a solution.
“This issue was discussed in a high-level meeting held six months ago. Huda had assured to take care of it and bring immediate solution,” said Balraj Ahlawat, regional officer, HSPCB.