Plan to develop waste plant near Gurugram draws flak
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.
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