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In such a charged atmosphere, Zhang Aixi, a Chinese citizen found herself stuck as the lockdown was announced. Zhang had come to India on a solo trip in January.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: The story of a Chinese girl stuck in India

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag & Swati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 09:51 PM IST
After suffering a mental breakdown, Chinese citizen Zhang Aixi had no place to go. The young solo traveler found a home away from home at a Haryana based NGO.
MCG has been dumping about 900 tonnes of untreated municipal waste every day at the Bandhwari landfill for the past six years.(Yogendra Kumar/ HT Photo)
MCG has been dumping about 900 tonnes of untreated municipal waste every day at the Bandhwari landfill for the past six years.(Yogendra Kumar/ HT Photo)

Gurugram civic body held back information to get nod for Bandhwari waste-to-energy plant

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2019 07:19 AM IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram withheld facts from the Union environment ministry about litigation pending against its proposed waste-to-energy plant in Bandhwari, official documents show
A general view of the Bandhwari landfill in Gurugram, India.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A general view of the Bandhwari landfill in Gurugram, India.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Anti-pollution body seeks nod to prosecute MCG for flouting rules at Bandhwari yard

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 07:21 AM IST
According to HSPCB’s regional officer in Gurugram, Kuldeep Singh, they have approached the watchdog’s chairperson Ashok Kheterpal for permission.
Police raided a farmhouse near Bandhwari village in DLF Phase-1 late Friday and arrested four men for allegedly serving liquor without a licence to the guests.(HT File (Representative Image))
Police raided a farmhouse near Bandhwari village in DLF Phase-1 late Friday and arrested four men for allegedly serving liquor without a licence to the guests.(HT File (Representative Image))

4 held, 43 let off with warning at illegal party in Gurugram farmhouse

Gurugram | By Pavneet Singh Chadha
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 09:34 PM IST
Thirty-four men and nine women, who were allegedly drinking liquor at the party, were questioned and let off with a warning. At least 120 beer bottles were recovered from the farmhouse.
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute of India (Neeri) has found evidence of groundwater contamination in three villages near the Bandhwari landfill .(Representative Image/HT File PHOTO)
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute of India (Neeri) has found evidence of groundwater contamination in three villages near the Bandhwari landfill .(Representative Image/HT File PHOTO)

Groundwater of 3 villages near Bandhwari contaminated, states report

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora Desai
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 01:45 AM IST
In the absence of canal water, the region (with a population of about 25,000 to 30,000 people) is entirely dependent on groundwater for daily sustenance.
The cab owner, who lives in a rented accommodation, had just entered his house when he heard the gunshots, said the police.(Representative image)
The cab owner, who lives in a rented accommodation, had just entered his house when he heard the gunshots, said the police.(Representative image)

Unidentified men shoot at a car, no injuries reported

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 10:30 PM IST
According to the police, the assailants, who were driving a Maruti Esteem car, slowed the vehicle down at the village’s entrance and fired at a Swift Dzire cab that was parked near a plot.
Following fresh spells of rain on Monday and Tuesday, residents of Bandhwari and Mangar villages reported large amounts of leachate run-off from the Bandhwari landfill site.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File Photo)
Following fresh spells of rain on Monday and Tuesday, residents of Bandhwari and Mangar villages reported large amounts of leachate run-off from the Bandhwari landfill site.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File Photo)

Rains worsen leachate run-off from Bandhwari landfill near Gurugram

HT Correspondent, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 04:51 AM IST
Representatives of Ecogreen Energy, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram’s concessionaire for waste management, in charge of the daily operations at the landfill, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The forest departments of Faridabad and Gurugram will together establish nine new security outposts for the protection of the Aravalli forests by August, department officials have confirmed.
The forest departments of Faridabad and Gurugram will together establish nine new security outposts for the protection of the Aravalli forests by August, department officials have confirmed.

Aravallis to get 9 new checkpoints

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:44 AM IST
This development comes just two days after the departments received a complaint of large-scale tree felling on the protected Aravalli land in Kot and Bandhwari villages, lying in the buffer zone of Mangar Bani, Delhi-NCR’s only remaining sacred grove.
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on May 20 commissioned a survey of groundwater in four villages near the city, whose residents fear that their reserves have been contaminated due to pollution from the Bandhwari landfill.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on May 20 commissioned a survey of groundwater in four villages near the city, whose residents fear that their reserves have been contaminated due to pollution from the Bandhwari landfill.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Groundwater in villages bordering Bandhwari landfill site to be tested

Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 09:14 AM IST
While no deadline has been set for completion of this survey, HSPCB officials said they are working together with scientists from NEERI to expedite it.
A view of the site for waste to energy plant contaminated with leachate from the landfill in Gurugram(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A view of the site for waste to energy plant contaminated with leachate from the landfill in Gurugram(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Bandhwari landfill site inspected

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2019 04:19 AM IST
Officials were apprised of the leachate treatment process, which is done in two ways—DAF unit and MVR technology. They also collected samples of raw and treated leachate.
Residents of Gwal Pahari, Mandi, Baliawas and Kot suspect that pollution from the landfill has something to do with groundwater pollution.(HTPhotos)
Residents of Gwal Pahari, Mandi, Baliawas and Kot suspect that pollution from the landfill has something to do with groundwater pollution.(HTPhotos)

Bandhwari poison is spreading, fear residents

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 01:48 AM IST
Residents of Gwal Pahari, Mandi, Baliawas and Kot continue to be reliant on groundwater for daily sustenance but fear it has been polluted by the landfill situated a few kilometres upstream.
MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav, however, said Ecogreen Energy had only been granted permission to use the site for waste collection.(HT Photo)
MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav, however, said Ecogreen Energy had only been granted permission to use the site for waste collection.(HT Photo)

Residents raise a stink as waste concessionaire uses garbage collection point as dumping ground

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora Desai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2019 04:09 AM IST
The land belongs to the civic authority, confirmed a spokesperson for Ecogreen Energy, who said that the company has the MCG’s permission to dump there.
Two months after the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) recommended legal action against the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) for unscientific dumping of waste in Bandhwari, no case has been lodged against the civic body or its waste management concessionaire Ecogreen Energy.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Two months after the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) recommended legal action against the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) for unscientific dumping of waste in Bandhwari, no case has been lodged against the civic body or its waste management concessionaire Ecogreen Energy.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

No action yet against MCG, Ecogreen for flouting waste norms

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2019 05:04 AM IST
On April 29, the HSPCB issued new modalities with the sanction of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), enabling district regional offices to penalise polluters. However, Singh said that the MCG and Ecogreen Energy will not, for the time being, be fined under these new rules.
On March 1, HSPCB recommended prosecution of MCG chief and Ecogreen Energy for non-compliance of solid and hazardous waste management rules(HT Archives)
On March 1, HSPCB recommended prosecution of MCG chief and Ecogreen Energy for non-compliance of solid and hazardous waste management rules(HT Archives)

Fire breaks out at Bandhwari landfill second time in a month

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2019 04:58 AM IST
A major fire in 2013 had caused the Bandhwari waste management plant to become defunct. Since then, municipal bodies in Gurugram and Faridabad have continued to dump over 1,000 tonnes of untreated garbage at the site every day.
MCG officials revealed that 1,936 shopkeepers selling goods in polythene had been invoiced over the past year, raising just over Rs16 lakh in fines.(PTI)
MCG officials revealed that 1,936 shopkeepers selling goods in polythene had been invoiced over the past year, raising just over Rs16 lakh in fines.(PTI)

Bulk waste generators must segregate on site in Gurugram

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2019 04:31 AM IST
An MCG official present at all three meetings said that the tone of these meeting was urgent as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had, last Tuesday, come down heavily on district authorities for unscientific management of waste at the Bandhwari landfill.
Implementing this would reduce the amount of waste dumped in Bandhwari by about 300 tonnes daily.(HT Photo)
Implementing this would reduce the amount of waste dumped in Bandhwari by about 300 tonnes daily.(HT Photo)

MCG urges state govt to stop dumping Faridabad waste at Bandhwari landfill

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2019 04:26 AM IST
The MCG has also requested that an alternative landfill site be identified to ease the pressure on Bandhwari, where 1,200 tonnes of untreated waste from Faridabad and Gurugram is dumped daily, MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav said on Monday.
The civic body was instructed to appoint a senior official to oversee solid waste management, while the municipal commissioners of Faridabad and Gurugram were instructed to make weekly visits to the landfill site and submit ‘action-taken’ reports.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The civic body was instructed to appoint a senior official to oversee solid waste management, while the municipal commissioners of Faridabad and Gurugram were instructed to make weekly visits to the landfill site and submit ‘action-taken’ reports.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Top officials discuss landfill site issues in Gurugram

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2019 04:27 AM IST
The meeting was held in response to the National Green Tribunal’s instructions last Tuesday, in which the chief secretary was asked to intervene in the “sorry state of affairs” at Bandhwari.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) came down heavily on the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and Ecogreen Energy, its concessionaire for waste management in the city, earlier this week, for the “sorry state of affairs” at the Bandhwari landfill site.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) came down heavily on the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and Ecogreen Energy, its concessionaire for waste management in the city, earlier this week, for the “sorry state of affairs” at the Bandhwari landfill site.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

MCG, Ecogreen pulled up over poor management of Bandhwari landfill

Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 02:16 PM IST
The court said that emergency measures need to be taken “at the highest level of the state” to remedy the situation, and instructed the chief secretary to the government of Haryana to intervene and take “prompt steps” in the matter.
A major fire in 2013 caused the waste management plant at Bandhwari to become defunct.(HT PHOTO)
A major fire in 2013 caused the waste management plant at Bandhwari to become defunct.(HT PHOTO)

Rising heat triggers fire at Bandhwari landfill site

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 07:59 AM IST
The municipal bodies in Gurugram and Faridabad have continued to dump over 1,000 tonnes of garbage at the Bandhwari landfill site.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and its concessionaire for waste management in the city, Ecogreen Energy, to seek environmental clearance for the Bandhwari landfill from the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) at the earliest.(HT File Photo)
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and its concessionaire for waste management in the city, Ecogreen Energy, to seek environmental clearance for the Bandhwari landfill from the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) at the earliest.(HT File Photo)

Municipal Corporation of Gurugram directed to obtain green nod for Bandhwari landfill

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2019 04:52 AM IST
The NGT had, on March 2, admonished the MCG and Ecogreen for improper waste management in Bandhwari, and asked both parties, on March 8, to present plans to remedy the situation, along with reasons why prosecution should not be initiated against them.
Students and residents of Gurugram paint the enclosure of the installation with messages on plastic pollution.(Shivam Saxena/HT)
Students and residents of Gurugram paint the enclosure of the installation with messages on plastic pollution.(Shivam Saxena/HT)

Time to face your waste, Gurugrammers!

Hindustan Times | By Naina Arora, Gurugram
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 04:05 PM IST
An installation made with plastic, to question the amount of plastic waste, is coming up in the city.
In August, NGT imposed a fine of ₹2.5 lakh on Ecogreen Energy for causing environmental damage around Bandhwari landfill site.(HT)
In August, NGT imposed a fine of ₹2.5 lakh on Ecogreen Energy for causing environmental damage around Bandhwari landfill site.(HT)

Haryana pollution board tells Ecogreen to pay fine levied by NGT

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai, Gurugram
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 03:34 PM IST
In August, a bench of NGT, headed by chairman Adarsh Kumar Goel, imposed the penalty on Ecogreen Energy for causing environmental damage around the Bandhwari landfill site.
The protesters accused the company of improper handling of waste, which, they say, is leading to pollution of the air and water. “Leachate is making our water poisonous,” said KS Tanwar, a resident of Gwal Pahari.(Parveen Kumar/HT)
The protesters accused the company of improper handling of waste, which, they say, is leading to pollution of the air and water. “Leachate is making our water poisonous,” said KS Tanwar, a resident of Gwal Pahari.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

Protest against firm for waste treatment

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2018 05:34 AM IST
The protesters accused the company of improper handling of waste, which, they say, is leading to pollution of the air and water.
The leachate run-off from the defunct Bandhwari landfill has been blamed for the contamination of water resources in the village and nearby areas.(PARVEEN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
The leachate run-off from the defunct Bandhwari landfill has been blamed for the contamination of water resources in the village and nearby areas.(PARVEEN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)

Plant not enough to stop leachate pollution at Bandhwari: Experts

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2018 05:29 AM IST
Leachate run-off from the landfill that is also percolating into the underlying aquifer has reportedly caused widespread damage to the surrounding environment and to human health.
The green panel was hearing a plea filed by environmentalist Vivek Kamboj and Amit Chaudhary, alleging that the municipal corporations of Gurugram and Faridabad were disposing of industrial waste and construction debris in the forest areas.(HT File Photo)
The green panel was hearing a plea filed by environmentalist Vivek Kamboj and Amit Chaudhary, alleging that the municipal corporations of Gurugram and Faridabad were disposing of industrial waste and construction debris in the forest areas.(HT File Photo)

NGT fines Ecogreen for damage to environment

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 08:48 AM IST
Several residents from villages near the Bandhwari landfill site had appeared before NGT and alleged water contamination in their area. They had told the NGT that continued dumping of waste at the Bandhwari landfill site has led a stream of “dirty, black water” or leachate into the Aravalli forest, polluting the aquifers around Delhi and Gurugram.
Haryana’s pollution control board’s findings are in stark contrast to a CPCB report from 2017 which declared groundwater in Bandhwari-Mangar region unfit for human use.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File Photo)
Haryana’s pollution control board’s findings are in stark contrast to a CPCB report from 2017 which declared groundwater in Bandhwari-Mangar region unfit for human use.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File Photo)

Haryana pollution board report says Bandhwari water safe, experts sceptical

Hindustan Times | By Prayag Arora-Desai, Gurugram
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 04:05 PM IST
The HSPCB report comes over a month after the Hindustan Times ran a report highlighting how groundwater contamination from the Bandhwari landfill is leading to a health scare among the residents of Bandhwari, Mangar, Dera and other villages lying in its vicinity.
Many people that Hindustan Times spoke with had not heard of Bandhwari or any other waste clearing mechanism that was being operated in Gurugram.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)
Many people that Hindustan Times spoke with had not heard of Bandhwari or any other waste clearing mechanism that was being operated in Gurugram.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)

Gurugram residents unaware of waste processing practice, experts call for stringent rules

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Sadia Akhtar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2018 09:17 AM IST
Around 900 tonnes of waste from the city is dumped at the Bandhwari landfill site in Gurugram every day, but there seems to be little awareness among the residents about the site or its importance in keeping the city garbage-free.
In April, 2018, residents had called a mahapanchayat to demand the removal of landfill site from Bandhwari village. However, they called off the protest after the government promised to waive off half of their electricity bills.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
In April, 2018, residents had called a mahapanchayat to demand the removal of landfill site from Bandhwari village. However, they called off the protest after the government promised to waive off half of their electricity bills.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Not everyone is protesting against the garbage dump in Gurugram’s Bandhwari

Hindustan Times, Bandhwari, Gurugram | By Sadia Akhtar
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2018 01:04 PM IST
The reaction to the garbage dump vary depending on a person’s place in the social and financial hierarchy of the village.
Bandhwari residents say that the landfill has become a major public health issue for the area.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Bandhwari residents say that the landfill has become a major public health issue for the area.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The untouchables? No takers for prospective grooms in Bandhwari due to landfill

Hindustan Times, Bandhwari, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2018 10:03 AM IST
Bandhwari residents complain people refuse their marriage proposals due to the stench emanating from the garbage dump and the cancer scare.
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