The lack of facilities for proper disposal of biological waste is a challenge in India and contributes a lot to pollution and contamination of ground water resources. One such instance has come to light in a Gurugram village, with frightening consequences for the groundwater, local residents and animals.
Two months ago, an animal activist noticed the unauthorised dumping of mixed bio waste water at Bhondsi village agriculture land in Gurugram by a private pharmaceutical company, which is located in the same region.
The illegal bio waste dump, which is located on the village land, was first noticed by animal lover Rohit.
After finding the first dump in July this year, he raised the issue on social media platforms. He is yet to file an official complaint as he hails from Kolkata, and had no idea where to file a complaint against the pharmaceutical company and its irregularities.
“A week ago, when I was on my morning walk, I discovered the bodies of two rabbits which are suspected to have died after consuming toxic water dumped by the company. In about two months, I have noticed multiple times the company has illegally dumped bio waste water on the land of the region though a tanker,” Rohit said.
He also alleged that the tanker driver used to charge Rs 1,000 per round to dump the illegal bio waste water from the company.
“The area is home to peacocks, nilgai, rabbits, dogs and other animals. We are building our shelter home for stray dogs and this dump jeopardizes their survival,” the pet lover said.
“The illegal bio waste dumping in the area not only poses a risk to the wildlife, but also threatens human life as the bio waste water has already polluted the groundwater as toxic water enters the ground and then our food cycle,” Rohit explained.
A visit to the location by an IANS correspondent also revealed that the bio toxic water had been dumped at multiple locations in the region.
“I will soon file a detailed complaint against the company in the concerned department and will demand stern action against the company,” said Rohit, adding that the local administration should consider processing of bio waste, along with proper segregation and an efficient waste collection policy.
“I was unaware of the dumping of any illegal bio toxic waste in the region,” said Kuldeep Singh, regional officer of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), adding that the department will act on complaints if they are filed.