Man Made Volcano?

Man Made Volcano?

A top waste management expert has asserted that Achan waste dumping site is a potential man made volcano. This then makes the site not only hazardous but also fatally perilous for the people who live in and around the Achan area. In the past, the residents of Achan have complained vigorously and vociferously about the stench and malodor that the dumping site generated; however, these complaints and even protests failed to register on powers that be and Achan continued to be used as a dumping site with abandon. In a way, the choice of the place as a dumpling site is weird and reflects, among other things, thoughtlessness and cavalier behavior on part of those who chose the site. A densely urban area was chosen for a purpose which has and has obvious public health implications. Now with the revelation that the dumping site, because the waste, over a period of time, gets fermented and dangerous gases are formed, can explode, makes the public health aspect almost fade into the background. The issue is now of lives and deaths. Among the reasons cited by the waste management expert for the potential danger of eruption of explosion, is the reckless disposal of waste by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC). This adds to an already potent mix and renders the Achan site as threat to life. The question is how can this life threatening issue be obviated? It stands to reason that the domain and even discipline of waste management has become refined and sophisticated with the adoption of modern management techniques and technology. In advanced countries, waste is even converted into energy and electricity. Cannot this be replicated here in Kashmir at Achan? Yes. Of course. It can be. But it would require political will, administrative dexterity and will and accountability to translate this plan into action – all of which are missing in Kashmir. But now, given that a veritable bomb shell has been dropped by the waste management expert in contention, and where there is every possibility of a man made disaster in the offing, the focus must be on developing measures that , in the least, mitigate the potential of an explosion or , to nip the evil in the bud, so to speak, change the site and develop it at some other location where the potential for an explosion and public health issues are negated.

 

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