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MP seeks 30 months to close Bhanpur landfill site

The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday submitted a 30-month timeline to the central bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) for scientific closure of the Bhanpur landfill site.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2014 15:53 IST
HT Correspondent

The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday submitted a 30-month timeline to the central bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) for scientific closure of the Bhanpur landfill site.

Every day the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) dumps over 650 tonnes of solid waste at the site that is spread over 47 acres.

The state government has also submitted that within the same period, the new landfill site will be established at Adampur.

The plan was submitted to the two-member bench comprising judicial member justice Dalip Singh and expert member PS Rao, while hearing the case filed by environmentalist Subash Pandey. The next hearing in the case is on January 8.

Chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr Pankaj Shukla also submitted an affidavit, claiming that no major health impact of the burning of such a huge quantity of solid waste was found on any resident during the study.

In February this year, the NGT had ordered that Bhanpur landfill site be scientifically closed within six months and repeatedly stressed that there should be no burning of the waste there.

The existence of such a big landfill site so close to the heart of Bhopal city has been repeatedly questioned by the green tribunal after Subash Pandey filed a case last year that Bhanpur was operating illegally near the city.

Admitting the petition in October last year, the NGT questioned MP government to explain the legal status of Bhanpur site.

Earlier this month, NGT had criticised the state government for non-compliance of its earlier directions and for allowing burning of the solid waste at the site despite the tribunal making it clear during earlier hearings that such a practice should not be allowed.

On November 10, the NGT had served a showcause notice of `5 crore each to BMC commissioner Tejaswi Naik and principal secretary urban administration SN Mishra as to why they should not be penalised for not complying the earlier orders of the Bench regarding Bhanpur site.

Subash Pandey said he hoped the state government would now close the site within 30 months and establish a new landfill site at Adampur.

“Bhanpur landfill site is being illegally used for the last over 30 years without any authorisation and continues to be used in the same way despite various directions by NGT during hearings for last over a year,” he added.