Request Haryana Pollution board to cancel Public Hearing for WTE plant expansion in Aravallis

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Instead of the mandatory 30 days period required by law, the government authorities in Haryana have only given the public 4 days to go through the hundreds of pages of the Environment Impact Assesment report of the hazardous project. How are citizens expected to go through the report in just 4 days, analyse its implications and give suggestions / objections on the Public Hearing scheduled on 31st of August 2021? Citizens demand cancellation of the Public Hearing as it is in violation of the EIA Notification 2006 and demands that this be held after a month’s time which will give citizens the required time under law to study the said documents.

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Citizens Demand Cancellation of Public Hearing on 31 st August 2021 forWaste to Energy Plant Expansion in the NCR Aravallis




To Whomsoever it may concern,
This is regarding the upcoming Public Hearing regarding the expansion of the Waste to Energy plant at Bandhwari landfill site in Aravallis from 15 MW to 25 MW.
The public hearing notice issued by the Haryana State Pollution Control board clearly states that the EIA study for the same will be available on the HSPCB website (hspcb.gov.in) and the offices of the Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram, Municipal Corporation Gurugram, Zila Parishad Gurugram and Regional office of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board in Vikash Sadan, Gurugram - along with the executive summary. When Aravalli Bachao team members spoke to the office of the Deputy Commissioner on the 27 th August 2021 to check if these documents are available with them, they said they do not have these documents in their office when according to the Public Notice these documents should be available in the DC Gurugram’s office for the public to view.
According to Appendix 4 of the EIA Notification 2006, a copy of the EIA report needs to be made available to the public 30 days prior to the date of the Public Hearing so that sufficient time is given to citizens to study the document and give their views. The EIA Notification also states that the Executive Summary of the EIA report needs to be translated in local language and be made available to the public 30 days prior to the date of the Public Hearing. Both these criteria have not been met for the Public Hearing called on 31 st August 2021 for expansion of the waste to energy plant. Until 26th August 2021 evening, the required documents were not available on the HSPCB website. In Covid pandemic times when people are avoiding going to public places, accessing and studying documents online is the safest and most convenient way for citizens to give their suggestions / objections to the said project. In blatant violation of the law, HSPCB has failed to give this option to the public.
After the Aravalli Bachao team’s visit to the Regional office of HSPCB at Vikash Sadan in Gurugram on 26 August 2021 and after submitting a letter demanding cancellation of the Public Hearing, the next day i.e 27 August 2021 (4 days prior to the date of the Public Hearing scheduled on 31 August 2021), the required documents were uploaded on the HSPCB website.
So, instead of the mandatory 30 days period required by law, the government authorities in Haryana have only given the public 4 days to go through the hundreds of pages of the EIA report. How are citizens expected to go through the EIA report in just 4 days, analyse its implications and give suggestions / objections on the Public Hearing scheduled on 31st of August 2021?
It is due to these reasons, that we citizens demand cancellation of this Public Hearing which is in violation of the EIA Notification 2006 and demand that this be held after a month’s time which will give us the required time under law to study the said documents. Also, all the offices mentioned in the Public Notice should keep copies in English and Hindi of the Executive Summary of the project and the EIA report for the public to go through.
Thanking you,