Plan to de­velop waste plant near Gu­ru­gram draws flak

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to set up a wasteto-en­ergy plant in Band­hwari vil­lage between Gu­ru­gram and Farid­abad near Delhi has been crit­i­cised, with ac­tivists ar­gu­ing that the project will have se­ri­ous eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pli­ca­tions. On June 30, the civic bod­ies of Gu­ru­gram and Farid­abad had signed an MoU with a Chi­nese firm for the de­vel­op­ment of Haryana's first in­te­grated solid waste man­age­ment project. Un­der this, solid waste col­lected from Gu­ru­gram and Farid­abad will be used to gen­er­ate a min­i­mum of 10 MW of power. Ac­tivists, how­ever, re­it­er­ate the need to im­ple­ment a de­cen­tralised model of waste man­age­ment, which makes segregation at source manda­tory. The ac­tivists also ar­gue that ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing garbage to Band­hwari from Gu­ru­gram and Farid­abad will cause air pol­lu­tion. More­over, many rag-pick­ers will be ren­dered job­less by the plant. In ad­di­tion, the burn­ing of mixed waste would re­lease toxic gases.

AN­JALI / CSE

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