‘Demand for Rs 300/ton of garbage unjustified’

  • Dhananjay Jha, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: May 05, 2014 11:52 IST

Environmentalists and experts have questioned Hanjer Biotech Energies which demanded Rs 300 per ton for waste disposal management from the two municipal corporations of Gurgaon and Faridabad.

Hanjer Biotech Energies through its company AKC Developers Limited had signed a 30-year contract with the Haryana government to run Bandhwari waste treatment plant in 2010. However, after a fire in the plant six months ago, it became non-functional. Now 900 tonnes of waste is piling up per day which is putting a strain on the Aravallis.

“The demand of Rs 300 per ton by the company is unjustified. Why did the company shut its plant suddenly and now demanding money to restart it? We suspect some foul play in which the company and authorities are equally responsible. There are other advance and better technical solutions to the waste management. The two corporations should invite experts from IITs and IIMs,” said Ashish Jain, director, Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA).

Meanwhile the company has argued that it needs financial help to restart the plant.

With an average of 900 tonnes waste daily, the two corporations earn Rs 10 crore annually.

Meanwhile, MCG commissioner Praveen Kumar said, “We will not pay money to the company. We have started thinking of alternate solution or proposal instead. It will be clear by Monday.”

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