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Gurgaon's e-waste raises health concerns
The development of the virtual world in India is considered to be a boon for the most part, but we hardly take the cons parts into account. Gurgaon is growing into a IT hub, with each passing day, but the problem which comes with it is huge and the environmental repercussion it faces is big. What is known to be an e-waste problem of the millennium city is monumental problems with many health hazards in its wake.

Also known as electronic waste, this is a huge problem and since Gurgaon thrives on its IT sector, it is in the middle of such a health concern. Recently, as was reported by the timesofinida.com, new e-waste recycling units have been incorporated within the city and has been approved and licensed by the government.

Earth Sense, which is a e-waste recycling company, located in Manesar informs that the bulk of e-waste, in Gurgaon, still goes to the informal sector, which means that it increases the problems rather than do away with it. The CEO of Earth Sense, S John Robert, talking about the matter said, ''The volume of e-waste that the authorized sector gets has gone down even from last year. The informal sector still gets the most amount of e-waste, where it is illegally sold.''

Scrap dealers take these kind of waste products due to the fact, that they are after the saleable and valuable metals found in these kinds of waste. The rest of the waste is not disposed by them properly, which goes to the water body or burnt, causing toxic elements to mix with the air or drinking water, thus creating a health hazard.

A study recently showed that Gurgaon generates a total of 12,000 metric tonnes of e-waste every year, which is second only to the volume generated annually in Delhi, and is the highest among all towns in the NCR. This is indeed disturbing and points towards a dark future, if we do not take care of situation immediately.

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