Haryana Chief Secretary to review Panchkula waste remediation


The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the Haryana Chief Secretary to review waste remediation progress at two Panchkula district dumpsites due to dissatisfaction with the Panchkula Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) efforts. The NGT is hearing a petition alleging unscientific waste dumping near the Khol Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary, violating environmental norms and clearance conditions. In January 2022, a joint committee confirmed the violations and suggested remedial measures.
The NGT directed the Panchkula and Kalka municipal corporations to pay Rs 9 crore and Rs 1 crore, respectively, in compensation. Despite PMC reporting deposited compensation and remediation measures at the Sector-23 and Jhuriwala sites, the NGT found progress unsatisfactory, emphasising accountability and slow remediation.
The NGT also criticised waste transportation to Ambala and directed reclaimed land at Jhuriwala or Sector 23 to be used for dense plantations. They expressed disappointment with the joint committee’s performance, directing the Haryana Chief Secretary to personally review progress and create an effective roadmap to resolve the issue.
The NGT requests an action taken report, approved by the Chief Secretary, within two months, detailing legacy waste remediation progress and waste-to-energy plant operations. With a hearing scheduled for August 7, the Chief Secretary’s involvement aims to improve waste management and environmental restoration in Panchkula district.