Bandhwari leachate: MCG to face action

Bandhwari leachate: MCG to face action


GURUGRAM: The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) on Tuesday said it will take legal action against MCG and its waste management concessionaire Ecogreen for releasing untreated leachate from the Bandhwari waste treatment plant into the adjoining Aravali forest, flouting the Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM), 2016.
This came after samples of effluents from the plant located on Gurugram-Faridabad road, was found to contain six heavy metals, oil & grease and suspended solids in quantities exceeding the permissible limits.
The estimated damage cost of this untreated leachate is over Rs 140 crore, according to a report by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released on 6 February. “The damage was assessed with a consideration that there are no major polluting industries existing in nearby vicinity other than dumpsite. The study estimate a total incurred damage of about of Rs 148.46 crore due to externalities from Bandhwari dumpsite,” the report stated.
Last month, HSPCB collected two leachate samples — one from outside the site and the other from a pool inside — and examined the levels of harmful components in their compositions. “We found that the leachate samples from Bhandwari were exceeding the parameters under the prescribed limits. This is a violation of the SWM, 2016 rules, and thus, we will file a case in special environment court in Faridabad against MCG and Ecogreen,” said Kuldeep Singh, regional officer, HSPCB.
This was done after the HSPCB received a complaint from activists saying they have found a pool of polluted black water, or leachate, discharged into the Aravalis forest, thus degrading the quality of soil and water. “MCG does not have bulk waste generators on the site for composting waste and leachate, as mandated by SWM, 2016, and this is why the quantity of garbage at the site has only increased over the years. Just segregation at source won’t help; wet waste has to be composted on site,” said Vaishali Rana Chandra, one of the complainants.
This is the only sewage treatment plant for Gurugram and Faridabad and has become a source of contamination for the area, according to HSPCB.
The green activists also pointed out that by discharging untreated leachate into the forest area, the operator is responsible for contaminating the groundwater in the region. According to environmentalists, there couldn’t be a worse or faster way of polluting groundwater as the Aravallis have high secondary porosity.





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