No Processing Units, Gmc Halts Waste Collection In Township With 14k Flats, ET RealEstate

September 6, 2023

GHAZIABAD: For the last three days, garbage has not been lifted by private vendors from the nearly 14,000 flats in Crossings Republik township following a directive from the municipal corporation.

Civic teams have cracked the whip on integrated townships — considered bulk waste producers — and found that the 29 housing societies in the township cumulatively generate nearly 25,000 kg of solid waste per day but none of them had waste processing plants, as mandated under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

The township also has five big commercial units, including malls, that generate over 5,800 kg/day of waste.

The Federation of Crossings Republik Apartment Owner’s Association (AOA) is likely to seek two months’ time from the corporation to set up waste processing plants.

“For the last few days, the vendors have stopped picking up garbage from the societies in the township, which has made things difficult for residents. It will take at least two months to set up a garbage disposal unit in the township. We can’t stop waste generation during this period,” Ujjwal Mishra, the AOA president, said.

On Tuesday, members of the AOA met the CEO of Crossings Infrastructure Private Limited (CIPL) and were advised to fix a meeting with mayor Sunita Dayal and seek two months’ time to set up a waste processing plant.

According to an AOA representative, the processing unit will be a common plant for all societies and segregate wet and dry garbage.

“We will have to select a firm that will pick up and dispose of waste from all the 29 housing societies in the township. For this, the firm will be given a plot behind the STP plant, away from the residences. But the process will take some time,” the official said.

When approached, Dayal said she was yet to receive any request for an extension to set up waste processing plants from either the developer or AOA members. “Till now, I have not received any requests. When they reach out to me, I will respond accordingly. GMC’s action is not against any residents, but builders who have been taking high maintenance fees but failed to set up any waste processing units.”

The SWM Rules make it compulsory for all residential societies, hotels, buildings, restaurants, and even shops, which generate more than 100 kg of civic waste per day, to set up a processing plant for segregation of wet and dry garbage of their own.

Last week, GMC launched a drive to check adherence of the 12 integrated townships — a few of them under the GDA — to the waste management rules.

According to officials, most of these townships, including Crossings Republik, have hired third-party firms to dispose of its waste.

These firms, however, disposing of the unsegregated waste within the municipal limits, putting an additional load on the GMC.

  • Published On Sep 6, 2023 at 09:07 AM IST

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