Justice (retd) Pritam Pal, chairperson of a monitoring committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for solid waste management plan in Gurugram and Faridabad, and director of Haryana Urban Local Bodies Samirpal Saro inspected the Bandhwari landfill on Friday.

They also inaugurated two leachate storage tanks at the leachate treatment plant which became operational last September. “The tanks are equipped with rubber walls and flooring to prevent the leachate from percolating into the groundwater,” an MCG official, who was present during the inspection, said.

Officials were apprised of the leachate treatment process, which is done in two ways—DAF unit and MVR technology. They also collected samples of raw and treated leachate.

Saro and Justice Pal were briefed about the process of sorting waste through a ballistic separator, which sorts waste based on physical characteristics.

The inspection comes a little over two weeks after the NGT came down heavily on the MCG and its concessionaire Ecogreen Energy for poor waste management in the city and the “sorry state of affairs” at the landfill.

The green court said emergency measures need to be taken “at the highest level of the state” to remedy the situation, and instructed the chief secretary to take “prompt steps”.

The chief secretary was instructed to submit a report on the actions taken by May 27, the next date of hearing.

Following this, Saro and deputy commissioner Amit Khatri held meetings with Ecogreen and gave strict instructions to create a decentralised waste management system as the first step toward easing the load on Bandhwari.

Among those present were MCG chief Yashpal Yadav, additional MCG commissioner YS Gupta and chief engineer ND Vashisht.

First Published: May 18, 2019 04:19 IST