The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has been served a notice by the state pollution control board, HSPCB, over illegal dumping of garbage and construction waste happening near Ghata. A big dumping yard has come up in the area in the past seven months.
As per a report published in TOI, HSPCB, in its notice, has instructed MCG to immediately take action against those who are felling trees to make space for the dumping yard near the catchment of Ghata lake. The issue is more worrisome as this is an ecologically sensitive area.
The notice states, “The garbage received from Gurugram has been dumped… near village Ghata where labourers are illegally handling municipal solid waste and burning it. It is a gross violation of the directions of National Green Tribunal/ Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) and Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2016. The garbage and construction waste being dumped illegally at Ghata has resulted in a big dump yard of an area of at least 1 acre or more... (It) is an organised, planned phenomenon happening over the last few months and conveniently ignored and overlooked by MCG, thereby creating a new undesignated, unauthorised, illegal landfill.”
Just a year ago, instead of the dumping yard there used to be a thickly-wooded expanse with over 500 trees and wildlife.
The HSPCB officials told TOI that they will also discuss the issue with EPCA next week. A report of all undesignated waste dumping spots in the city is being prepared by our officials, which will be shared to the authorities. MCG has already been instructed to take action on the matter immediately,” said an official.