Even as residents continue to wait for setting up of a waste management plant in Panchkula, the garbage being dumped openly at the Sector 23 dumping site have left the residents angry. In November last year, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had taken note of the situation and directed the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the Pollution Control Board to ensure due compliance of laws governing management of landfill sites.
However, the waste is not being duly covered according to the laws, complain residents.
The municipal corporation, which maintains the site, has also not been able to ensure compliance of the guidelines.
“We had planned to rope in a company for effective treatment of the waste and a site visit was also organised, but it has not yielded any results,” said municipal commissioner Lalit Siwach.
According to the guidelines, waste should be covered at the end of each working day with minimum 10cms of soil, inert debris or construction material till the time the garbage is processed and the site be well protected to prevent entry of unauthorised persons and stray animals.
There is a boundary wall around the site, but there are gaps due to which the garbage is seen lying outside.
“There is neither proper composting, nor any treatment and foul smell is emanating from the site. The authorities should take the issue on priority basis and deliberate on ways for proper waste management,” said Hemant Sareen, a resident of Sector 23.
The NGT had also directed HUDA to visit the site at least twice a week and submit reports, but residents have complained, that nothing is being done.