National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Haryana authorities—namely the Haryana State PCB, the Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon and the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon to look into allegations of existence and operation of a construction and demolition waste recycling plant (C&D Waste) in the vicinity of six residential colonies and hospitals in Sector 10. These colonies and other establishments are: Manohar Nagar, Amar Colony, Krishna Nagar, Baldev Nagar, Veer Nagar, Firoz Gandhi Colony and two hospitals namely Navjeevan Hospital & Maternity Center and Ankur Clinic & Maternity Home. The joint committee shall submit its report within 3 months.
The allegations by residents is that the site was earmarked for a market initially but thereafter it has been allotted for the said plant, in violation of the siting criteria statutorily laid down under the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016.
It has been further alleged that the “plant is also not functioning as per stipulated safeguards of having green belts and equipment to control noise and air pollution as a result thereof air and noise pollution is adversely affecting the health of the inhabitants and the environment. There is also a proposal to install mobile plants. The Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon has identified 15 sites.” According to the applicant, the main authority which has to take further remedial action is the Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon in coordination with the agencies to whom the management of construction and demolition waste has been entrusted namely IL & FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services Ltd., Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, RV Environment Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., Mehrauli, Aam Wala Bagh, New Delhi, Pragati AL Natural Resources Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram and DNP Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., Near Ambawadi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The case will be further heard in March next year.