In its reply, the concessionaire said clearing of leachate produced after biomining is not its responsibility.
MCG, in its notice served to the concessionaire, also stated that both disk tube and reverse osmosis (DTRO) and leachate treatment plants are running below capacity and have been found to be defunct. The notice also mentioned leachate from the landfill isn’t being treated and transported on a daily basis and “poses significant health and safety risks to the nearby villages.”
MCG has now deployed tankers to transport leachate. “We issued Ecogreen a notice recently asking them to clear leachate since it is their responsibility. But it has replied that leachate management is not their responsibility. We are seeking legal opinion,” said Pradeep Kumar, MCG joint commissioner (Swachh Bharat Mission).
In its reply, Ecogreen said MCG has deployed private agencies for legacy waste processing at the landfill, so the agencies are responsible for treatment, management and disposal of leachate as per their respective agreements.
“The scope of work of the agencies also includes leachate management. Moreover, we have sent a number of reminders to MCG to reclaim the village road so that leachate mixed with rainwater doesn’t go into Aravalis, but these agencies haven’t cleared the garbage. So, MCG should lift and transport leachate at the risk and cost of these private companies instead of Ecogreen,” said an Ecogreen representative.
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