|Early Times Report|
Bhejbehera, Apr 17: Finally Municipal Committee (MC) Bijbehara has decided to undertake scientific solid waste management by way of composting and recycling of waste and its source segregation. The MC is planning to retrieve 40 kanals of State land under illegal occupation near the existing dumping yard where committee plans to construct some composting pits which would treat 10 to 15 quintals of bio degradable waste that is generated in the Bijbehera town on daily basis. In addition to it , sources say that a polythene recycling plant will also be established at the site .
Details available with Early Times reveal that MC Bijbehara has written a letter to DC Anantnag in this regard. The Executive Officer MC Bijbehara Abdul Rashid Teeli as per sources has requested DC to get the said land cleared from illegal encroachment.
Early Times has earlier exposed several Municipal Committees (MC's) of Bandipora , Kulgam , Chadoora , Udhampur which dump garbage / municipal waste in local water bodies. The Municipal Committee (MC) Bijbehera in South Kashmir which happens to be the hometown of Chief Minister has also been dumping the garbage near a canal as the committee is not having proper availability of garbage treatment / dumping site .
As already reported last year the municipal solid waste is dumped by the Municipal Committee (MC) Bijbehera on the banks of "Daed Kull" which is a beautiful nallah flowing through Bijbehara - Pahalgam road. Heaps of garbage is dumped near this place by authorities who claim to be the saviors of the community vis a vis sanitation.
" There is no concept of Solid Waste Management , Segregation at source and door to door collection of garbage in our town. Had the local municipal authorities been doing this in Bijbehara and other towns , the things would have been different. Even the officials of local municipality are unaware about scientific disposal and segregation of bio-degradable and non biodegradable of waste material as they have no proper space available for the same " said S a Post Graduate Shahid Rashid a student of Environmental Science and a local resident of Bijbehara.
Pertinent to mention that officials of local municipality in Chadoora town of central Kashmir are seen involved in dumping all the garbage into the Dood-Ganga nallah which flows through this town. Irony is that same water is supplied by Public Health Engineering (PHE) department to thousands of people in Budgam as well as Srinagar districts.
In Bandipora town the g
rbage and municipal waste is dumped in Wullar lake by local Municipal Committee. Few years back the Municipal Committee (MC) Bandipora received a grant of around 82 lakhs from Wullar Conservation and Management Authority (WUCMA) for strengthening and developing the infrastructure for scientific disposal of municipal solid waste so as to prevent any sort of pollution within and along the banks of Wular Lake. "Inspite of getting get a huge grant the Muncipal Committee (MC) Bandipora continues to dump all the garbage in the local water bodies and the irony is that this dumping mostly takes place in famous Wullar lake" said a local resident Mushtaq Ahmad
Municipal Committee Bijbehara has
undertaken to retrieve 40 kannals of state land for compositing units.
Few years back the Wullar Conservation and Management Authority (WUCMA) Chief Executive Director (CED) wrote a letter to Director Local Bodies Kashmir and showed his serious concern about the activities of MC Bandipora. The letter shot by CED to Director Local Bodies Kashmir a copy of which lies with Early Times reads as : "During 2013-14 and 2014-15 the authority has provided a financial assistance of 39 Lakhs and 42.90 Lakhs respectively to MC Bandipora through DC Bandipora for strengthening and developing the required infrastructure for scientific disposal of municipal solid waste (M&H Rules 2000) so as to prevent any sort of pollution within and along the banks of Wullar Lake under 13thFCA. The concern civic body has not taken necessary measures which are mandatory under environment protection act and rules framed therein as cited above to ensure scientific disposal of municipal solid waste around the banks of Wular Lake."
Due to increased population Solid Waste Management (SWM) has been seen as a great challenge in Jammu and Srinagar cities . Huge quantity of garbage gets piled up in these twin cities on daily basis. The way this garbage is stored and disposed off, poses a great threat to our environment. This activity is not only a threat to our environment but it is hazardous to the public health also. The garbage disposal or Solid Waste Management is not only a problem for Jammu or Srinagar cities but this is a very serious issue for the people residing in other towns of our state like Bandipora , Udhampur , Kupwara , Chadoora , Bhejbehara , Sopore, Ramban , Doda, Rajouri etc
Sources say that newly appointed Director Local Bodies Kashmir Riyaz Ahmad Wani has issued strict orders to all the Executive Officers of all municipal committees to abide by new waste management rules and ensure source segregation of waste and its scientific treatment as well.