Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding Bandhwari landfill site, Gurugram, Haryana, 19/07/2021

  • 19/07/2021

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Poonam Yadav Vs M/s. Ecogreen Energy Pvt. Ltd. & Others dated 19/07/2021.

The issue raised in the application is failure to maintain environmental norms in handling Bandhwari landfill site at Gurugram. Case of the applicant is that a waste management project has been developed and a contract assigned to a Chinese company - Eco-green Energy Private Limited in the year 2017. However, the steps taken being inadequate, the waste is being burnt causing huge air pollution which has potential to affect not only the inhabitants but also the Asola Bhati Wildlife Sanctuary.

The NGT said that there appears to be serious lapses and continuing failure on the part of the authorities of the state of Haryana in performing constitutional obligations of providing clean environment and upholding the rule of law.

The court directed the constitution of a three member committee comprising the CPCB, Haryana State Pollution Control Board and the District Magistrate, Gurgaon. The Committee has been asked to visit the site, interact with the stakeholders and take assistance from any other individual/institution and file a report within a period of one month. The report must also include the causes of fire, reasons for unauthorized persons working in the landfill premises, status of legacy waste dump site, progress on remediation of site and setting up of waste processing plant in furtherance of order of the NGT, April 7, 2021.