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Gurgaon: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday ordered a joint committee of various departments be formed to take action against dumping of waste in the Aravalis from the Bandhwari landfill and submit a report within three months.
The bench, headed by NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel, said the committee should have representatives from the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) and the forest department and include the district magistrates of Gurgaon and Faridabad. It made HSPCB the nodal agency for coordination and compliance of the order. “Having regard to the seriousness of the allegations, it appears necessary to ascertain the factual position in the matter through a joint committee….The joint committee may meet within four weeks and undertake site visit and look into the grievance of the applicant,” NGT said in its order.
The green tribunal was hearing a petition filed by environmentalist Vivek Kamboj, who pointed out that solid waste from the Bandhwari landfill was being dumped illegally inside the Aravalis on the Gurgaon-Faridabad road.
“Ecogreen, the agency assigned by MCG for collection and processing the waste from Gurgaon and Faridabad, is still not able to figure out how to manage the trash. As a result, solid waste is being dumped in the forest areas of the Aravalis in Gurgaon and Faridabad. They are also filling up the low line mining pit area in Mangar Bani in Faridabad,” said Kamboj.
A government survey last year had found that Ecogreen was “intentionally” spilling thousands of litres of leachate from the Bandhwari landfill into mining pits in the Aravalis, causing the groundwater to contaminate in five nearby villages.
On January 19, TOI had reported that tonnes of municipal garbage was being dumped inside the Aravallis illegally, putting the wildlife and the entire ecosystem in jeopardy. According to a Wildlife Institute of India (WII) report of 2017, the Aravalis, particularly in Gurgaon, is a critical leopard habitat, with more than 32 animals spotted in the corridor.
“Dumping of toxic leachate and waste is harming the ecosystem,” said Vaishali Rana Chandra, another environmentalist.
Officials in the forest department said they had last month written to MCG, urging the civic body to follow an earlier order laid down by NGT against dumping of waste in the Aravalis. “We wrote to MCG regarding dumping of waste in the forests. We also told them to remove whatever garbage was already there,” said Raj Kumar, the divisional forest officer.



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