Daruthenga dumping yard row: NGT seeks affidavit from BMC

Bhubaneswar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday instructed the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to submit its stand point on the Daruthenga dumping yard issue in form of affidavit on May 30, after the latter failed to submit the clearance it has received from Pollution Control Board (PCB) to continue the dumping operation.

BMC in its reply to NGT mentioned that the dumping is undertaken as per the order of the Odisha High Court. But NGT has asked BMC to submit the details in form of affidavit.

Talking to OTV, lawyer Prabharanjana Mishra said the NGT in its earlier order has sought the consent order of the Pollution Control Board as well as the steps taken by BMC towards the Solid Waste Management Rule 2016. He further said that two more misapplications were also filed by the BMC.

Deputy Commissioner of BMC Srimantha Mishra clarified, “An Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for environmental clearance has been completed and submitted to EIA authorities. The authorities have asked the Collector for a public hearing, only after which the consent order will be passed and it will be submitted as an affidavit on 30 May.”

The villagers of Daruthenga had boycotted the Panchayat elections lately protesting against the dumping yard. Even after repeated protests by the villagers, administration still continues dumping process in the area. Recently during a protest against the dumping yard, police resorted to lathi-charge and 32 locals were also arrested.

While the villagers demand relocation of the dumping yard, the administration is persistent to continue dumping in that area.

“For a solid waste management project an EIA is required and honourable court should not face any problem in giving assurance for it. Many research and discussions have occurred over the waste management, there should be a final solution for the problem and an efficient garbage disposal system should be set up in Bhubaneswar,” said Piyush Ranjan Rout.

As per sources, State Administration will conduct the public hearing on June 6, which the villagers are set to boycott. The villagers have approached the NGT in protest of the public hearing.