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Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary : Disposal of Inert Waste

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary:

The Supreme Court-mandated Ridge Management Board has decided to constitute an expert committee to look into the proposal of dumping inert (non-reactive) waste in the mines of Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary (Delhi).

  • Inert waste is waste that is neither biologically nor chemically reactive and is waste that will not decompose or decompose very slowly.
  • Inert waste includes, but is not limited to: construction and demolition material such as metal, wood, bricks, masonry and cement concrete; asphalt concrete; metal; tree branches; bottom ash from coal-fired boilers; and waste coal fines from air pollution control equipment.
  • These wastes usually don’t pose a threat to the environment, or the health of animals or other people and will not endanger the quality of watercourses.
  • However, when there is a large amount of this type of waste, it can become an issue as it begins to take up a lot of space.

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary:

  • Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary covering a 32.71 sq km area lies on the Southern Delhi Ridge of Aravalli hill range, one of the oldest mountain systems of the world, on the Delhi-Haryana border.
  • An area of 1km around the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in Gurugram and Faridabad is an Eco-sensitive zone.
  • Activities such as commercial mining, setting up of industries, and establishment of major hydro-electric projects are prohibited.