Court Commissioner warns of ‘catastrophe’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court-appointed court Commissioner has warned of “catastrophe” if waste disposal was not carried along scientific lines at the Achan garbage dumping site for Srinagar city.
In his report, Registrar Judicial, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, who was appointed as Commissioner by the court earlier this year, stated that the officials on the spot had claimed that leachate treatment plants (LTPs) at Achan were catering to the requirements on spot.
However, he said that it would be totally unsafe to accept the statement in absence of opinion of the expert in the field.
The court Commissioner has said that he was not sure about the capacity of each LTP and whether their functioning was satisfactory.
In addition, the Commissioner has observed that one cell for disposal of garbage is already complete which was fully covered.
Regarding the other cell, the officials of ERA have stated that it would take them at least one year to complete it for effective disposal of the garbage.
“The disposal of waste bodies does not appear to be foolproof. It needs to be augmented on scientific lines to ward off any future catastrophe on spot likely to be caused by the waste/garbage at the spot,” he said.
The Commissioner has suggested that it has to be augmented on scientific lines to ward off any future catastrophe. Furthermore, the Commissioner has recorded concern voiced by locals over the present system in place on the spot regarding disposal of waste and functioning of LTPs.
“The local(s) complained that the system in place is not scientifically augmented and there is no perceptible change obtaining on the ground despite tall claims of ERA and SMC,” he said.
Among other things, the Registrar Judicial was tasked by the court to report inter alia whether all leachate generated at the site passes through three LTPs or some of it still finds its way to underground water.
Meanwhile, hearing a PIL—Farah Khan Vs state and others—a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar asked Advocate General, counsel for ERA as well as SMC to file compliance report in light of the report submitted by the court Commissioner.