Gurugram: EcoGreen Energy fined Rs 25 lakh, panel to inspect work daily
In compliance with the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) orders, the Haryana pollution control board had issued a notice and imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Ecogreen Energy on Tuesday for failing to collect waste from multiple locations across the city in violation of the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap).Updated: Nov 08, 2019 13:18 IST
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, during his visit to Gurugram on Thursday, said the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) had imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Ecogreen Energy, the concessionaire engaged by Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) for waste management, for failing to fulfil its responsibility in an effective, time-bound manner.
In compliance with the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) orders, the state pollution control board had issued a notice and imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Ecogreen on Tuesday for failing to collect waste from multiple locations across the city in violation of the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap).
A fresh notice reiterating the fine was issued on Thursday following the chief minister’s visit.
The notice stated that the site at Old Jail Chowk had been visited by officials of the district administration who recorded that the situation at the site had deteriorated. The company has been asked to deposit the penalty within seven days.
Despite repeated attempts, EcoGreen representatives could not be reached for comment.
“We have received complaints about poor sanitation in the past as well and have been told that the agency responsible for waste collection doesn’t pick up waste from these sites regularly. I inspected one such dumping site and found a large heap of trash. I have directed the administration to impose a fine of Rs 25 lakh on the company,” said Khattar, who started his tour of the city by inspecting a dumping point at Old Jail Chowk.
Following his inspection of the dumping point, Khattar said Gurugram was an iconic city and negligence on the cleanliness front would not be tolerated.
“Gurugram is a big city. We have put in place arrangements, under which the contract for maintaining sanitation in the city on a day-to-day basis has been given. No negligence on the front of sanitation will be tolerated and strict action will be taken against defaulters,” Khattar said.
He also directed MCG commissioner Amit Khatri to form a committee that will be responsible for surveying the performance of Ecogreen on a daily basis. Khattar said the company would be fined on a daily basis if it failed to pick up trash at least once in a day, starting Thursday.
“Members of the committee should inspect the site on a daily basis and keep a check on the functioning of the agency. The committee will ensure that waste is collected and cleared regularly,” Khattar said.
Khatri said that the administration would notify the details of the committee soon. “The committee will be an inclusive committee and the stakeholders will work towards strict implementation of the directions issued by the chief minister,” said Khatri.
Khattar also inspected facilities offered at the Antyodaya Kendra at Vikas Sadan and Saral Kendra at the Mini Secretariat. He interacted with the beneficiaries at the various centres, and also tested the services himself.
Khattar also directed the administration to increase the seating facilities at the Saral Kendra. He also instructed the deputy commissioner to either expand these centres or create additional ones. “Many people avail these facilities. For people’s convenience, either the centres should be moved to a bigger place or two different centres should be started in the new and old part of the city,” he told Khatri.