Residents of Gurgaon and Faridabad have reason to rejoice this New Year, as Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon is set to construct a new waste-treatment plant which will convert waste to energy.
BK Kardam, executive engineer of MCG, said, “The new plant will be constructed at Bandhwari. All preparations have been made; our team has also visited the site.”
The plant will be constructed on a public-private partnership. The company responsible for the construction of the plant will be able to sell the electricity it generates for income.
According to MCG, only one agency will take care of the new plant. A solid-waste-treatment plant at Bhandwari was shut down in October 2013 after a fire incident. It is believed that the involvement of multiple agencies was the reason for its failure.
Rama Rathi, a councillor from DLF Phase I, said, “The new plant is a good decision by the government, and it should be completed as early as possible. I have raised the issue often in the House and even met senior bureaucrats about it, but to no avail.”
“MCG’s plan is good but it must see the light of day and not just remain on paper," said Kuldeep Rana, Suncity RWA president. "Once constructed, it can really solve the problem of garbage in Gurgaon.”
Bhagat Singh Yadav, RWA president of Uppal Southend, Sector 49, said, “The decision should have been taken much earlier, but I guess it's better late than never. Now we just have to wait and see when the plant is constructed.”
RS Rathi, president of Gurgaon Citizen Council, is not too optimistic about the MCG's plans, however. “The authorities have been making false promises over the past few years," he said. "If they really do construct a plant, there will be nothing like it and no bigger news for Gurgaon. But will it be constructed at all? Untreated garbage has made our lives hell. Let’s hope MCG follows through on its promises this time.”
At present, about 1,100 tonnes of garbage from Gurgaon and Faridabad are dumped at the defunct plant without treatment every day. This, despite environmentalists repeatedly warning of groundwater contamination.