Gurgaon civic body’s solution to Bandhwari waste plant row: Will send villagers to China
The MCG assured the villagers that it will take effective steps to change the condition and also offered to send two interested villagers to China so that they get to gather knowledge about the waste treatment there.Updated: Aug 03, 2017, 23:17 IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has proposed to send two villagers of Bandhwari village to China to help them get an understanding about the workings of a waste management plant.
This came after the residents of Bandhwari met MCG commissioner V Umashankar on Monday and urged him to relocate the waste management plant from the village in the foothills of the Aravallis. The plant has been lying defunct since 2013 but waste from Gurgaon and Faridabad is dumped there every day.
The villagers alleged that the untreated waste at the plant is hampering the environment and is making the area uninhabitable. The MCG assured the villagers that it will take effective steps to change the condition and also offered to send two interested villagers to China so that they get to gather knowledge about the waste treatment there.
“We cannot relocate the plant from the Gurgaon-Faridabad road where it is located at present. A city needs a waste treatment plant to process its waste. We do not have space inside the city to set up a plant. I have proposed that two villagers can visit Ecogreen Energy Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of China Jinjiang Environment Holding Company Ltd, which is going to treat the waste in Bandhwari. This trip might remove all speculations that residents have about the plant,” Umashankar said.
He also said the problem of leachate around the plant will be addressed once the plant starts processing.
The Bandhwari plant was set up in 2007 and started operations in 2008. However, it shut down after a fire broke out in 2013. The leachate from the defunct plant has accumulated in the forest area.
Villagers, meanwhile, said they are more interested in getting the waste plant shifted from the area than going to China. “Our children are dying because of the pollution from the plant. Going to China will not resolve our issues,” said Bhagat Singh, a villager of Bandhwari.
A case regarding the issue of relocating the plant is pending before the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Environmentalist Vivek Kamboj had filed the petition alleging that the Bandhwari waste treatment plant is contaminating the groundwater in the Aravalli hills.