Published on: 30 September 2022 at 21:42 IST
The Haryana Government was fined Rs 100 crore by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for violating the rules governing the processing and disposal of legacy solid waste at the Bandhwari landfill site in Gurugram. This fine is to be paid as “environmental compensation.”
At Bandhwari, a gigantic landfill that is about 38 metres high contains over 33 lakh MT of residual trash that has been accumulated over many years. The location is use as dumping site for garbage accumulated from Faridabad and Gurugram localities.
The Gurugram Municipal Corporation was able to treat 19.43 lakh MT of legacy waste through bio-remediation and 10 lakh MT through biomining even though the entire 33 lakh MT was supposed to be treated by July 31. This is according to reports from the joint committee established by the NGT dated March 25 and August 3.
The Haryana Chief Secretary was ordered by the NGT Bench, which was chaired by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel (ret.), to deposit Rs 100 crore in an account within a month for utilised by a nine-member committee.
The NGT has requested that the relevant authorities prevent the disposal of waste in Bandhwari. According to the NGT, the committee will be allowed to communicate with the stakeholders and work with the statutory regulators to impose reparations against those responsible for the pollution.