SRINAGAR: The quantity of garbage disposed of by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation immediately after the September flood waters receded is equal to what it normally dumps at Achen landfill in a year.
The corporation, which is usually in news for bad reasons, has been widely appreciated for pulling up this herculean task.
During this period, 71,444 metric tonnes of waste was generated by the city, surpassing all previous records.
The corporation’s own garbage trucks and privately hired vehicles made about 14,613 trips to the Achen landfill to dump this staggering quantity of waste.
“Both our staff and much of the fleet of garbage trucks were stranded in the floods. But we managed with whatever little means we had at our disposal. We also hired private tippers to clear the mess in the city,” said Manzoor Ahmad Tarray, chief sanitation officer SMC.
Tarray explained the enormity of the task. He said that on an average, waste generation per day during September and October last year was 290 MT. It touched 1,200 MT a day after the flood this year.
According to Tarray, the record quantity of the waste disposed of in a day was 2,422 MT.
The corporation also faced the problem of stench at the landfill. Much of the garbage already was a reeking mass of flood waste. And since it was piling up fast, the smell was only becoming worse by the day.
The officials therefore used anti-odour formulations. In the past, the residents living in the vicinity of the landfill have protested on streets, complaining of the smell.
For the corporation, however, the toughest challenge was the disposal of the carcasses of more than 300 carcasses of cows at the army’s dairy farm in Chattabal, and the rotting food products dumped by vendors on streets.
Tarray said, “Both had potential to trigger an epidemic but we effectively managed to clear them off streets, even carrying night operations in flood-hit areas.”
In the past two months, about 12 lakh litres of disinfectants and other chemicals were used in the sanitation drive.