Waste being dumped in Basai wetland: plea

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Haryana government to file its response to a plea alleging dumping of waste at a construction and demolition waste recycling facility in the Basai wetland area in Gurugram, by May 11.

The Bench headed by judicial member Raghuvendra S. Rathore, on May 3, granted the State government time to file its response to the notices that were issued.

NGO filed plea

The plea filed by NGO Delhi Bird Foundation, alleged that the project proponent did not have the requisite approvals from the Haryana state pollution control board. Citing environmental concerns, the plea further sought a stay on the dumping of waste at the concerned site.

The green panel, in January had lifted its stay on the construction of a waste treatment plant in the catchment area of the Basai wetland after noting that the particular site had not been identified as a wetland by the Haryana government.

‘Valuable waterbody’

The petitioner earlier had contended that the Basai wetland was a valuable waterbody even though it had not been declared as a wetland under the 2010 Wetland (Conservation & Management) Rules.

“The construction and debris plant which is under process of establishment shall have an adverse impact on the water body due to various activities connected with the plant” the plea had contended.

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