Residents protested the MCG's plan to shift the waste disposal site near the Dwarka E-way.

The decision by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to process fresh waste at a site in Daulatabad near the Dwarka Expressway has sparked a row, with residents of nearby condominiums protesting the move and the civic body. He emphasized on finding alternative places for waste. processing facility.

Residents during the protest (HT Photo)

Last week, MCG announced that it would start processing waste in Daulatabad to reduce the burden on the Bandhwari landfill, which has long been a source of pollution and health concerns for locals.

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However, on Thursday, residents of at least 30 residential societies along the Dwarka Expressway protested against the project, citing concerns over health, pollution and groundwater contamination.

“The new garbage site will cause pollution, odor and other environmental hazards, which will degrade the quality of life in the rapidly developing residential hub. We are shocked that MCG has decided to build a garbage dump in the populated zone of Sector 103. It will have disastrous effects on the environment and people's health, I request the government to withdraw this order,” said Major General Gajinder Singh of India Bulls Centre.

Navdeep Singh, a resident of ATS Triumph Sector 104, said that secretly setting up a pollution center is highly irresponsible. “All the societies along the Dwarka Expressway have been mandated to be zero discharge communities, which means waste from other areas will be unfairly dumped here,” he said.

A group of Daulatabad villagers said they would not allow the MCG to use the new site for dumping garbage. Sunny Daulatabad, a resident of the village, said, “We will not allow the MCG to dump garbage here. This decision poses serious environmental and health risks. We are determined to protect our village.”

Meanwhile, MCG Commissioner Narhari Singh Bangar said finalizing the waste processing facility has become a challenge as whenever he names a proposed site, nearby residents start protesting.

“We are ready to move the site, but the residents should identify the area where it can be moved and let us know. We are ready to discuss it,” Banger said.

MCG Joint Commissioner Naresh Kumar said his priority is to finalize the site by September, as the site is to be handed over to NTPC. “We have tried to set up processing units at many places, but every time, there has been resistance from the locals which has led to further delays. Currently, we are dumping waste at the Bhandwari landfill but soon He will start the new site,” he said.

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