SRINAGAR: If government claim turns to be accurate, people in Srinagar will not have to battle foul odour from Achan dumping site after a month as state’s housing and urban development department (H&UDD) is “hopeful” to install a mechanical segregator for segregating solid waste into bio-degradable and non- degradable substances.
“The odour emanating from garbage dumped (at the site) and landfill cell will be controlled once mechanical segregator is installed at the site. The mechanical segregator will be placed hopefully in a month’s time,” minister-in-charge of H&UDD has stated in reply to a question by a legislator in the state assembly presently in its budget session.
The department plans buffer zone on the peripheral of Achan under AMRUT Scheme and the works has been put to tender, the minister said.
The foul smell from the lone dumping site has been continuous nuisance for the residents of the area and those living in immediately vicinity. Come summer, the stink engulfs large parts of Srinagar including most of the down town areas.
There is one Leachate Treatment Plant containing three units to treat the Leachate if any oozes out over the landfill cell, the minister said. Besides, he said, there is a functional mini compost unit at the landfill site for treatment of the waste.
Last month, the National Green Tribunal directed State’s Pollution Control Board (PCB) to file a “complete and comprehensive report” before it about collection, segregation and composting of the Municipal Solid Waste in the summer capital of the state.
The NGT has been critical of the government on segregation and composting of municipal waste at Achan ever since it took cognizance of the matter.
“The site in question where the municipal solid waste is being dumped is operating for considerable time but there is a pathetic state of affairs prevailing at the site,” the NGT had observed in its order in August last year.
Meanwhile, in reply to another query as to whether there was an urgent need for construction of a Drainage System for the inhabitants of downtown Srinagar, the minister replied in affirmative.
“There is urgent need of construction of drainage system in the downtown area of Srinagar city with up-gradation of Dewatering Stations which have been posed in the World Bank Funding and the DPRs of the zone 3rd right side of the River Jhelum have been submitted to World Bank Authority which have been prepared by the Consultant i.e. M/s WAPCOS Ltd,” he said, adding the works shall be taken up for execution, once the DPRs are approved by the world bank authority and subsequently funds are released.