Residents of Sector 17A, Gurgaon, have been grappling with the issue of a garbage dump near the society’s entry gate for quite some time.
The Residents’ Welfare Association of the sector approached the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon several times but to no avail.
Sushma Gahlaut, president of the RWA, told City Spidey, “This is Haryana Urban Development Authority’s land and one of MCG’s authorised garbage dumps. Last year, during Diwali, the garbage caught fire and added to the pollution. We want it to be removed permanently.”
“In the past year, I spoke to the joint commissioner, MCG, several times. But no steps for its removal have been taken,” Gahlaut added.
The burning garbage during Diwali last year
Residents fear the garbage dump may lead to cases of dengue and chikungunya as last year many cases were reported from the area.
Brig (Retd) PP Yadav, former RWA president, said, “Earlier, the MCG used to say that they were looking for an alternative for dumping garbage. But now they say they do not have any other option. With no proper fencing, the area has become a breeding ground for cattle, dogs and pigs.”
The RWA often spends around Rs 10,000 to get the area cleared of garbage.
An MCG official told City Spidey that the problem was because the Bhandwari waste treatment plant was non-operational. “We are waiting for the allocation of the tender, which is expected to happen soon. Once that happens, the dump would be cleared regularly,” he said.