Rampant dumping of C&D waste, garbage ruin beautiful Aravallis
Prominent citizen groups in the city on Thursday highlighted that the Aravallis has not only been encroached upon by land sharks, but even witnesses rampant and unchecked dumping of C&D waste, garbage and animals’ carcases. Besides, the 30-acre Bandhwari landfill site, the only such facility in the city, is located in the Aravalli forest region. The National Green Tribunal (NGT), which has often chided the authorities concerned over the poor upkeep and rampant dumping of garbage in areas surrounding the Aravallis, will hear a case regarding the relocation of the Bandhwari landfill site on August 22.
Amina Shervani, an environmentalist, said, “Being a natural aquifer, Aravallis served as a link helping the flow of water in lakes and drains. Today, that link is destroyed.”
Talking about the Bandhwari landfill site, Shervani said, “The Aravallis used to be a rich source of wildlife. One could see peacocks, kingfisher and birds from Sultanpur, but because of the Bandhwari landfill site and various construction projects, these avian guests are never spotted.”
Councillor of Ward 34, which includes posh areas of DLF City-1, Rama Rathee said the Aravallis has constantly been turned into a dumping yard by the builders carrying out rampant construction in the area. She also highlighted that over 200 trees in the Aravalli Range were chopped off for the construction of a fuelling station. This project was later stopped because of public outrage.
District Commissioner and Municipal Commissioner of Gurgaon (MCG) chief TL Satyapraksh said, “At present, Gurgaon’s population is 25 lakh. As there is no space to dump garbage, it is littered near the Aravallis.” With only 8 years at the helm, Satyapraksh said it’s only recently that the MCG has come into being. He added the corporation had plans for the restoration of the Aravallis.