IN PARWANOO, once known for hills dotted with lush, green trees, mounds of garbage are raising an alarming stink. Tourists are greeted by the ‘eyesore’ despite Parwanoo having its own dumping site in Sector 5. Trucks are seen making a beeline to the hill side to dump all sorts of organic, inorganic and mostly industrial waste.
Admitting that there has been a ‘violation’ of norms, executive officer of Parwanoo municipal council Sudhir Sharma said he had written to the Pollution Control Board to take action against industrial units dumping waste at this place.
“Parwanoo is an industrial township. I also noticed the industrial waste dumped at the hill side. I have written to the executive engineer of the Pollution Control Board regarding this violation,” said Sharma, adding that as per norms, industrial waste has to be dumped at Shivalik Solid Waste management plant at Dabota village in Nalagarh, as per norms.
A ragpicker said some of the waste is burnt during the nighttime. “I have seen some workers coming during the night hours, dumping the waste and then setting it afire,” he said. A teacher working at a nearby school, who did not wish to be named, said, “It has been a year… waste is dumped frequently. Now even the localites here have started dumping their household waste and it stinks after a spell of rain. If this continues, garbage will start piling up on other hills, too,” said the teacher.
The waste generated at various dhabas and eateries located around the area was also being dumped here, according to an employee of a petrol pump near the site. Additional District Magistrate Sandeep Negi said, “In fact, there were orders by NGT to take Solan and Baddi’s garbage to Chandigarh but there are no such orders for Parwanoo because they have their own dumping site and plant. I will get it checked why the waste was being dumped on the hill side and not at its designated place.”
Reena Diwan, who had come for a drive to the hills, said the scenic beauty of the area was being spoilt. “Parwanoo is an entry point to Himachal. I had got some of my friends from Australia to show them the area. But now it is such an ugly sight,” said Diwan.
Sudhir Sharma said keeping vigil was tough as truckers routinely dump garbage in the nighttime. However, Newsline found that truck drivers dump garbage in the area during the day, too.