NGT Orders closure of dumping site after long fight by Surat's villagers

Location of Conflict

Surat

Surat

This is A Schedule Five District

Region Classification

Urban

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Waste Management

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Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

State

Gujarat

Sector

Infrastructure

Starting Year

2013

People Affected
by Conflict

5000

Investment Affected (in Crores)

52

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

188

The annual survey of the Ministry of Urban Development that ranks cities on the basis of cleanliness and sanitation, published its results in May 2017. Surat was ranked fourth in the country. In 2013, Surat Municipal Corporation issued a notice that allowed Nagarpalikas of south Gujarat to dump their waste and garbage at a location in Khajod village. People of 35 villages located near the site had demanded the closure of the facility at Khajod. MSH Sheikh, an environment expert, who had also been campaigning against the sites existence for the last several years went to the NGT against the polluting site along with Parivartan Trust, an NGO operating in Gujarat.Residents of nearby villages were afraid that foul smell would create health problems for a lot of people living in its vicinity. SMC had been dumping its solid waste without segregation at Khajod site for the past 18 years. The pollution caused by repeated fires in the waste spread heavy air pollution in 10 km radius, causing health issues in Khajod, Budiya, Gabeni, Dipli, Jiyav and Bhimrad villages.Finally in 2017, on NGTs orders, the SMC identified three plots of land at Bhandup and Mandroi in Olpad taluka and Wankinada near PalsanaKadodara in Surat district to shift its solid waste disposal site from Khajod. Work towards closing down the Khajod site is yet to begin.

Total investment involved (in Crores):

52

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Surat Municipal Corporation , National Green Tribunal, State Pollution Control Board

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Parivartan Trust

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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