Gurgaon: Villagers raise concerns over leachate at Bandhwari plant
Residents of Bandhwari on Wednesday alleged that the untreated water from the waste treatment plant has, again, seeped into the open and has raised health concerns among residents of the area. The landfill site is located along the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road.
The water that has percolated through the waste and leaked out, also known as leachate, has formed a pool just outside the wall of the dumping site. At present, the plant has a 60-foot waste mountain and residents are concerned that it may lead to a repeat of the Ghazipur incident.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in its report on August 21 had pointed out that leachate is being released from the waste treatment plant, located in the ecologically fragile Aravalli area, despite it being lying defunct for the last four years, which is also polluting groundwater.
The case is scheduled to be heard in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 6.
The report had stated, “The groundwater sample at Mangar and Bandhwari exceeds the acceptable limit for drinking water.”
The report also stated that the compound wall was also found to have collapsed at various points of the dumping site.
Even after the report, nothing has been done so far on the ground, the villagers alleged.
“The leachate has again started flowing out from the site. After the recent rain, the condition has declined further in the area. Just outside the boundary wall of the treatment plant, the dark, black water has accumulated again,” Jitender Bhadana, an environmentalist and a resident of the area, said.
Every day, more than 1,000 tonnes of waste from Gurgaon and Faridabad is dumped at the plant and these are neither processed nor properly disposed of. The contaminated water was always present inside the plant; it was never treated, said Vivek Kamboj, who had filed the case in NGT regarding the accumulation of leachate around the plant. He had also demanded the relocation of the plant from the Aravallis, which is the ‘water recharge zone’ for the entire region.
The plant was set up in 2007 and operations were started in 2008. However, it was shut down after a fire broke out in 2013.