A day after the town mayor claimed that she seized 9 vehicles that have been allegedly carrying strong waste from Delhi for being dumped at Ghaziabad municipal company’s waste processing website in Morta, the company officers stated they’re looking out for one other vendor to deal with the town’s waste processing plant.
Newly elected mayor Sunita Dayal stated on Friday that Geron Engineering, the corporate processing waste in Morta, is processing Delhi’s waste. She additionally alleged that the seized 9 vehicles bore markings of “MCD” – Municipal Company of Delhi.
Refuting her allegations, officers from Geron said that the vehicles have been carrying refuse-derived gas (RDF), not any type of strong waste, to their new website in Bahadarpur. In addition they claimed to haven’t any information or official communication from the municipal company concerning the suspension of their companies.
Geron Engineering, which has leased personal land in Morta and established the plant at its personal expense for a five-year interval, is paid ₹425 per metric tonne for waste processing. Moreover, 5 different distributors are contracted to move waste from the 5 company zones to Geron’s website in Morta.
“We refute all allegations within the FIR and are within the technique of submitting all essential paperwork to the investigating officer (IO) and the company. The vehicles carrying RDF began arriving solely this week, and they’re being taken to our new plant in Bahadarpur, the place they are going to be used as uncooked materials/gas. The 9 autos seized on Friday have GPS put in, and their paperwork concerning the digital route map and proof of vehicles laden with RDF will likely be submitted quickly,” stated Ankit Aggarwal, CEO of Geron Engineering.
“In truth, now we have not charged or issued any payments to the Ghaziabad civic body for the previous three months. We’re solely accountable for waste processing, whereas 5 completely different personal contractors engaged by the company deal with the transportation of strong waste from the 5 company zones to our website in Morta. Our work is restricted to processing waste, not transportation,” he additional stated.
In response to a question made by HT on Friday, MCD denied that it’s dumping waste in Ghaziabad and stated no MCD automobile was getting used for such a goal. “It’s clarified that MCD has awarded the built-in contract of biomining of legacy waste in Bhalswa and Ghazipur dump websites. Contractors are accountable for bio-mining and disposal of segregated fractions as per relevant tips. They’ve made some preparations for the disposal of Refused derived gas at a waste to the power facility in Ghaziabad. Processing of RDF is allowed at waste-to-energy crops”, a spokesperson of MCD stated.
The company has initiated an inquiry within the matter, and its report will likely be submitted in a few days.
“The FIR has been lodged, and our inquiry report remains to be pending. Nevertheless, given current developments, we are actually looking out for a new vendor to take up the job of waste processing, and we are going to subject a new tender. Moreover, we’re exploring different land choices. Work at Morta is presently suspended, pending the completion of the police investigation, and our inquiry report will likely be in by Monday,” stated Nitin Gaur, municipal commissioner.
The FIR was filed primarily based on a criticism by Mithilesh Kumar, the company’s metropolis well being officer. The FIR alleges that the dumping by vehicles has been going down for the previous three months. It stated the waste processing agency was charging the Ghaziabad municipal company for processing its strong waste, together with the alleged incoming waste from Delhi.
“The FIR has been registered underneath sections 420 (dishonest) and 269 (negligently appearing more likely to unfold an infection or illness), together with provisions of the Atmosphere (Safety) Act and provisions of the Air (Prevention and Management of Air pollution) Act of the Indian Penal Code at Nandgram police station, and the investigation is ongoing. The vehicles have been seized and dropped at Nandgram police station,” stated Ravi Kumar Singh, assistant commissioner of police (metropolis 2).
In keeping with officers, the corporate was awarded a five-year contract by the company in June 2022, and it’s paid ₹425 per metric tonne for waste processing at Morta.
Officers estimate that up to now, about 5-7 lakh tonnes of waste have been acquired, and roughly 70% of this waste has been processed to this point. Amid the current controversy, if the waste processing is suspended, it’ll add about 1400-1500 metric tonnes of each day strong waste per day on the company’s website in Morta.