The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the state government, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Gujarat Pollution Control Board, following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which seeks to shift the dumping site from Pirana and its proper management till it is shifted.
The PIL, filed by Kaleem Siddiqui, who runs an NGO by the name of INSAF (not yet registered) through lawyer Rahul Sharma, says that the dumping site “violates the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, causing severe pollution in the nearby areas. The garbage dump is causing serious health issues for people staying in the areas and may even have led to deaths.”
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According to the petition, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated in Ahmedabad city and its surrounding areas is dumped at Pirana site, which is about 84 hectares. The waste generation in the city is approximately 2,400 tonnes per day (TPD), out of which nearly 400 TPD is composted and the rest is land-filled at the site. According to the PIL, around 65 hectares has been used so far for the disposal of waste since 1980.
The PIL further says that as per 2011 census, the Baherampura Ward has 16,164 families with a total population of 1,65,731. Residents pay property tax to AMC and also have valid electricity connections. Some of the houses are located within 50 meters of the dumping site.
The petitioner has said that Pirana landfill site is not designed as per existing SWM Rules, 2016 and is not an engineered landfill. Hence, its potential to contain pollution is very limited.
The dumping site, has over the past several years, become a source of pollution for those living near the site. The petition highlights the plight of the residents who live in a continuous unbearable stench round the clock. Although no health survey has been conducted, the petitioner says that it might have triggered severe health problems for the local residents.
It says that “people living in this area are suffering from lung diseases and have even suffered premature death due to poor health conditions.”