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Green activists object to Faridabad dump site

November 22, 2019 05:23 AM

LETTER TO MCF Activists allege the proposed dump, meant as an alternative to Bandhwari landfill, is on protected forest land, which was illegally acquired in 1992

Sonali Verma

Gurugram : Environment activists, in a meeting on Wednesday, submitted a letter to the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF), detailing multiple objections to a proposed 30-acre garbage dumping site near Pali village in Faridabad.

Activists alleged that the land, proposed as an alternative to Gurugram’s Bandhwari landfill where 1,200 tonnes of untreated waste from Faridabad and Gurugram is dumped daily, was illegally grabbed by the MCF in 1992 from the villagers without any compensation.

A case was filed by the villagers the same year and is currently pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Auditor General of Haryana, in May 2011, had objected to the transfer of this land to the MCF. HT has a copy of the objection, the case status and the notification of the transfer of land by the government in June 1992.

“Since the case is pending, the MCF has, several times in the past, ignored the law by establishing a waste treatment plant and proposing waste dumping yards thrice in the recent years,” said Jitender Bhadana of Save Aravalli, a non-governmental organisation. In 2015, the state government had identified an abandoned mining pit of about 92 acres in size for dumping Faridabad’s municipal waste, according to previous HT reports.

Activists also raised objections on the grounds that the site is protected forest land, under Section 4 and 5 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900, making the practice of dumping waste there illegal even if all scientific methods of waste management are followed. The demand to create an alternative land for waste dumping came after the National Green Tribunal, in July this year, instructed the Haryana government to treat and remove 25 lakh tonnes of legacy waste accumulated over the last decade at Bandhwari landfill within six months. Following a meeting in September, the state government instructed the MCF to allow 30 acres of land near Pali village as a temporary dumping site till the land is reclaimed at Bandhwari, according to officials. MCF commissioner Sonal Goyal could not be contacted by HT on Thursday.

Atul Kumar, deputy commissioner, Faridabad, said, “The proposal for the landfill hasn’t been finalised yet. We will be considering all objections made by environment experts. The final decision rests on the state government.”


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