Will Gurgaon residents have to live with the stink of garbage for another year?
While authorities say the new solid waste treatment plant in Bandwari village will not be ready for another year-and-a-half, some steps can be taken to reduce the suffering of people residing in the adjoining DLF City and Sushant Lok.
Sulabh International has already been helping Haryana Urban Development Authority dispose of the garbage around six kilometres away from the present site.
Meanwhile, Gurgaon Municipal Corporation is in talks with the Faridabad administration to develop the solid waste facility project, using modern technology from National Buildings Construction Corporation.
The real long-term solution, however, would require coordination between the civic administrations of Delhi’s suburbs in Uttar Pradesh as well.
Urban planners say considering the shortage of vacant sites, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, which surround the National Capital Region (NCR) should have an integrated sanitary landfill site for the entire NCR.
In fact, a common sanitary landfill for the NCR was proposed way back in 2004. But the proposal could not fructify, as officials from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi failed to reach a consensus.