Gurgaon struggles with garbage disposal issue

Gurgaon struggles with garbage disposal issue

Gurgaon is considered the growth engine for Haryana and one of the most rapidly urbanising cities in India. This brings with it the challenges associated with urbanisation, among which are generation of large quantities of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and its disposal.

The problem is further compounded with multiple civic agencies like the Haryana State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), private colonies and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) trying to handle civic sanitation.

“Gurgaon is turning into a garbage city. But, here lies an opportunity to involve the entire city and attempt to cull out an identity as a future zero waste destination by implementing a decentralised MSW plan,” said Ruchika Sethi Takkar, a citizen activist.

MCG Commissioner Vikas Gupta has now initiated a scientific survey for the first time in Gurgaon to ascertain the quantity of waste and the nature and classification of waste. “Waste mapping is being done for shops, institutional areas, markets, plotted colonies, condominiums, MCG wards. It is supposed to conclude by June end. The objective is to help MCG monitor the quantity of waste being generated and handled by other civic agencies and their contractors, making them accountable for scientific disposal and preventing rampant open dumping besides looking at a decentralised model of waste management,” said K.K. Gupta, MCG waste management consultant.

Mr. Gupta said the survey had revealed that 500-600 grams of waste is generated per person as against the earlier notion of just 250 grams. “Our survey has revealed that 60-70 per cent waste generated is organic waste and only 10-15 per cent waste should be dumped at the Bhanwari waste treatment plant. We plant to install waste processing plants at locations such as the Subzi Mandi to make manure out of organic waste,” he said.

Citizen groups and Residents’ Weflare Associations (RWAs) have been calling for waste segregation and have also sought an amendment in the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act so that “resources” can be recovered from waste.

According to Ms. Sethi, “Implementing de-centralized MSW projects will help the city move towards a zero waste goal.”

However, the inordinate delay in implementation of pilot projects for de-centralisation has raised questions over the sincerity of the administration in finding a solution for disposal of solid waste.

After some RWAs implemented

de-centralised waste management, the MCG decided to

award certificates of appreciation to societies that promote resource conservation

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