Centre turns down Haryana’s plan to build 92-acre landfill in Aravalis

“There are five abandoned mining pits which are filled with rain water and are natural recharge for the entire area. Aravali hills are important for water security and are catchment of several lakes (including Badkal Lake). Setting up a solid waste plant at the critical groundwater recharge zone will only expose the groundwater to leaching of various toxins and hazardous pollutants in contravention of Section 7 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and Section 24 of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.”

A proposal by Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) to set up a landfill site on 92 acres in the eco-sensitive Aravalis has been shot down by the Union environment and forest ministry. Reportedly, the corporation planned to build the landfill as an alternative to the defunct solid waste treatment plant at Bandhwari.

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