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Waste recovery centre outside Dharuhera stadium an irritant

Foul smell from garbage leads to pollution, breathing issues

Waste recovery centre outside Dharuhera stadium an irritant

A garbage processing centre at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Dharuhera. Photo: Sumit Tharan



Tribune News Service

Ravinder Saini

Rewari, February 15

The material recovery centre (MRC) adjacent to Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium in Dharuhera town here has become an irritant for residents due to the foul smell emanating from it.

Though the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken up the matter while acting on a complaint filed by Prakash Yadav, a resident, in this respect, the residents claim that they are yet to get relief from the smell. The case will now come up for hearing on Friday.

In the complaint filed, Yadav alleged that the Dharuhera Municipal Committee (MC) authorities dump the dry and wet household garbage adjacent to the stadium after collecting it from residents.

Cannot practise amid foul smell

Though the MC authorities have raised the boundary wall of the stadium to prevent the waste from going inside, the foul smell emanating from it adversely affects visitors and sportspersons. No one can practise amid foul smell. The MC should shift the garbage-processing centre to other places. — Madan Pal, Dist Sports Officer, Rewari

Agency hired to clear it daily

A private agency has been hired for the purpose and the site gets cleared daily. The MRC can be shifted only after setting up of a cluster by the state government for solid waste management. — Parveen Kumar, Secretary, Dharuhera MC

“The emission of foul smell from the garbage not only leads to air pollution but also causes breathing problems among visitors to the stadium. Following this, sportspersons are forced to practice at other places,” he added.

Yadav said acting on the complaint, the NGT had, in August last year, formed a joint committee of district officials and directed it to inspect the site and look into the grievances. The committee was also asked to take appropriate remedial action accordingly.

“The committee inspected the site in October last year and recommended the increase in height of the wall towards the stadium, plantation be done along the wall, usage of deodoriser to control smell, regular cleaning and sweeping the road, besides an action plan for the disposal of inert waste, compost, etc.,” he added. Yadav said the MC authorities had increased the height of the wall but smell of the garbage continued to be a cause for concern despite the use of deodoriser.

Madan Pal, District Sports Officer, Rewari, said many times, they had written to the MC authorities for not collecting and processing the garbage adjacent to the stadium.

“Though the MC authorities have raised the boundary wall of the stadium to prevent the garbage from going inside, foul smell emanating from it adversely affects the visitors and sportspersons. No one can practice properly amid foul smell. The MC authorities should shift the garbage-processing centre to other places,” he added.

Parveen Kumar, Secretary, Dharuhera MC, said it was a material recovery centre where the garbage was processed on a daily basis before transferring it to other places. “A private agency has been hired for the purpose and the site gets cleared daily. The MRC can be shifted only after setting up of a cluster by the state government for solid waste management,” he added.

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