Masks given to commuters at Bhanpur landfill site

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Nov 2017 10:46:37


Staff Reporter,

On Saturday masks have been distributed to commuters in Bhanpur landfill site by amateur environmentalist concerning with the pollution in the area. Comparing the pollution with Delhi, they staged protest and also seen giving masks to commuters and school students so as to protect themselves from foul smell in the area.

It has to be mentioned that, water and air pollution in the region near to Bhanpur landfill site has always been a concern. During evening foul smell envelops the area due to the garbage. Earlier, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has filed the compliance on water analysis report along with the site plan of the locations from where these samples were taken for testing. BMC & PHED of the Government need to go through these reports particularly in the light of the revelation that in all the samples, it has been found to have very high levels of coliform. Consequential action in terms of the report needs to be taken by the BMC & PHED.

The response of the PHED & BMC in terms of either remedial action or preventive/prohibitive action and alternate arrangement, wherever necessary shall be intimated to this Tribunal. Notices were also sent to the Ministry of Urban Development as notices had been ordered to be issued to the Quality Council of India, Ministry of Urban Development by the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan on the last date. Earlier, the Central Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), put a question mark on the report of the chemical analysis of water in and around the Bhanpur landfill site, submitted by the BMC, saying that the source of the samples used for testing was not mentioned in the report.

The Green panel asked the BMC counsel to re-submit the report with an affidavit, specifying from where the samples were collected. The Bench instructed to collect samples from the area within a radius of 200 metre from the landfill.