The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon presented a long-awaited gift to DLF City residents on November 1, the Haryana Day.
They formally shut down the large garbage-dumping site near their locality on Faridabad Road.
Hindustan Times had run a series of reports about the issue after residents had, on September 22 last year, demonstrated against the dumping of garbage near the traffic signal at Faridabad Road.
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, a DLF City resident, had also taken part in the protest.
The protestors had christened the area Kachra (garbage) Chowk.
“It was after that demonstration and the subsequent HT campaign against dumping of garbage and non-availability of an earmarked solid waste management facility in Gurgaon, the Haryana government zeroed in on a site at Bandhwari village,” said commissioner of the civic body R.K. Khullar.
On Sunday, the 200 tonnes of solid waste collected from the city was dumped at the earmarked site in Bandhwari, where a solid waste treatment plant is coming up on 31 acres of land.
The MCG started building the plant after Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) handed it over the land.
The plant, which can treat 1,000 tonnes of garbage a day, would become operational on January 1.
For now, the bio-remediation plant would reduce the solid waste to 30 per cent of its volume, the commissioner said. This would prevent the foul smell from spreading.
The plant’s reservoirs can hold 6,000 tonnes of garbage, he said.
Khullar said the Faridabad Road site has been closed from November 1.
“We have dug trenches and erected large fences around the site to prevent people from dumping garbage there,” he said. “We’ve also put up a notice board warning violators of a Rs 5,000 penalty, forfeiture of the truck and jail for two years.”
The 125 tonnes of garbage collected from NIT Faridabad would also be dumped at the plant from January 1, Khullar said.
“We have already tied up with a private garbage collection company and are due to sign a formal pact with them soon,” he added.