Gurugram: 26 detained for protesting in opposition to WTE plant in Bandhwari landfill


Police detained 26 folks from Gurugram Sector 14 on Friday afternoon for protesting in opposition to the muse stone laying ceremony of the waste to vitality (WTE) plant in Bandhwari landfill.

They have been detained almost one hour earlier than Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar was scheduled to put the muse stone for the Bandhwari WTE and the brand new Municipal Company of Gurugram (MCG) workplace reverse to Vyapar Sadan at 3pm on Friday.

Individuals largely affiliated with the Aravalli Bachao residents group, and different Gurugram residents gathered at Sector 14 close to Vyapar Sadan round 1.30pm and noticed a silent protest by holding posters and banners in opposition to the WTE undertaking.

Deepak Kumar, 22, who’s a resident of Sector 44, allegedly suffered minor accidents after he was “manhandled by police” in the course of the incident. “Round 2pm, just a few cops in a PCR car approached the protesters and requested us to vacate the realm. We agreed to this after a quick dialogue and have been about to depart the location, however… unexpectedly, a staff of cops, together with feminine constables, began detaining the protesters. They dragged us inside a police bus. Throughout a scuffle following this, just a few cops punched me on my face and kicked me on my abdomen,” mentioned Deepak.

Jyoti Raghavan, a protester, mentioned, “The location of a WTE plant within the forest land amid a vital water recharging zone for the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR) defies all logic. WTE crops have failed throughout the nation, and most of those tasks have already closed down. WTE crops solely add to the continuing air pollution disaster as an alternative of offering an answer… We have been silently protesting in opposition to the undertaking however have been detained with none purpose.”

In response to the protesters, they have been stored on the ladies’s police station in Palam Vihar underneath preventive custody for nearly three hours, and have been launched round 5.30pm — solely after CM Khattar’s programme was over.

Subhash Boken, spokesperson, Gurugram police, mentioned that 26 protesters have been taken to the native police station. “They (the protesters) have been taken into preventive custody to keep up legislation and order state of affairs within the metropolis,” Boken mentioned.

Earlier within the day, one other group of almost 30 residents and environmentalists from Gurugram and Faridabad additionally organised a protest in opposition to the WTE undertaking exterior the Bandhwari landfill between 11am and 12.30pm. “Our protest was carried out peacefully, within the presence of police personnel. There have been no disruptions… It was not affiliated to any political social gathering… We merely raised slogans in opposition to the WTE undertaking, demanding the Haryana authorities to rethink its transfer contemplating the environmental implications arising from it,” mentioned Vaishali Rana, a Gurugram-based environmentalist and a protester.

CM Khattar calls it ‘waste to wealth’ method

In the meantime, Khattar mentioned throughout his Friday deal with that “it was an vital day for Gurugram and Faridabad”.

“The WTE plant is being arrange for correct disposal of waste from each the cities — Gurugram and Faridabad. Cleanliness is the decoration of life, and can be needed for the convenience of residing. We’re shifting in the direction of a ‘waste to wealth’ method with this new expertise. Haryana’s first plant WTE undertaking, to generate electrical energy from waste, has already began in Sonipat, and this new WTE plant in Gurugram will generate round 600,000 items of electrical energy per day and be certain that the waste within the space is being disposed of correctly,” mentioned Khattar. He additionally talked about additional growing the capability of the WTE plant.

Pataudi Chowk: 3 AAP workplace bearers detained

On Friday, three Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) workplace bearers have been additionally allegedly detained on the Pataudi Chowk police put up for greater than 4 hours, in accordance with a launch issued by the social gathering.

Dr Sarika Verma, considered one of three detained workplace bearers, mentioned that “AAP had not deliberate any protest in opposition to the WTE undertaking or got here up with any message on disrupting the CM’s programmes on Friday”, however the trio was detained anyway.

Nonetheless, assistant sub-inspector Dhuli Chand, in-charge of Pataudi Chowk police put up, mentioned, “We obtained a tip that the AAP workplace bearers involved would swirl black flags on the Bandhwari landfill, and attempt to disrupt the Haryana CM’s programmes on Friday. So, we known as the three AAP workplace bearers to the police put up for holding a dialogue on the matter. There was no detainment as such.”


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