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Bandhwari landfill site to have leachate treatment plant soon

Gurugram: After repeated complaints, there can finally be a solution to the challenge of toxic underground water table at Bandhwari and the areas around it caused due to the presence of leachate at 30-acre-landfill site. To tackle this issue, a leachate treatment plant is expected to be set up in an area.
At present, more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily in the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily. It will be set up by the Chinese company Eco green that has also been entrusted with the responsibility of recycling the waste in the area into creation of power and other useful forms.
As per the layout of the projects, works may begin soon, claimed some public officials.
For long, the area has been criticised because it was adversely affecting the green belt. Of late, residents of Bandhwari and 12 other villages have staged protests citing how their water supply has been contaminated due to percolation of toxic substances due to mounds of untreated waste at the area. A plea over the issue is also being heard at the National Green Tribunal.
Commissioned in 2008, Bandhwari landfill was created with an objective of segregation and recycling of waste generated from Gurgaon and Faridabad. Set up with an investment of Rs 300 crores, the objective was to operationalise a power plant and plastic recycling at the site. However the plans did not materialise and citing heavy losses, the contractor Irfan Furniturewalla Hanjer abandoned the project of recycling the waste of the area in 2013.
After lying defunct for four years, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) finally signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Eco green company to start the plant. While the civic body officials claim that the work of restarting the plans is going on in full swing, more than 90 trucks from Gurugram and Faridabad still dump the garbage. The delay in starting the project have irked many green activists who have accused the civic body officials and their handlers in Chandigarh of being ineptitude and corrupt.

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