Officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) met with the representatives of several Gurgaon RWAs during the weekend to create awareness about its initiative involving door-to-door collection of solid waste, to be launched on January 14.
The outreach programme also offered residents a chance to bring forth their concerns and queries about the soon-to-be-launched campaign. The move is an effort on the part of the MCG to improve its cleanliness quotient before the start of the Swachhta survey, which is to begin shortly.
The city will get 15 waste-transfer stations, which will be involved in the collection and processing of the garbage before it is transferred to the Bandhwari waste treatment plant.
Ecogreen Energy Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of China Jinjiang Environment Holding Company Ltd, will be involved in the treatment of the waste at the Bandhwari plant.
YS Gupta, additional municipal commissioner, MCG, said, “We are working towards a systematic disposal of waste in the city. We have a plan and we will conduct meetings with all RWAs to make them aware of the plan, and avoid any confusion with residents.”
Residents of DLF Phase I, II and III, Sushant Lok and Suncity were present at the meeting. They alleged that the transfer stations were being set up close to the residential areas, in violation of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016. Under the rules, no processing is permitted at waste storage points or transfer stations.
“The segregation of tonnes of waste at collection points in residential areas will pose a health risk for residents living in the vicinity, besides emanating a nauseating stench and adding to air pollution,” complained Amit Jain, a resident of DLF Ph I.
DLF I residents also questioned why the Sikanderpur Gossi transfer station shares its boundary wall with the residential area. They claimed that this transfer station is being built at the wrong place, as it is blocking the barsati nallah (rain water drain).
Anil Sharma, resident, Sushant Lok I, said, “We are not willing to pay any ‘user charges’ for collection of waste under this initiative. This is not fair on us.”
However, Gupta said the user charge is a nominal fee fixed by the state government in 2011, and is not an additional levy on residents.