Pathak visits Achen garbage dumping site

SRINAGAR: Commissioner Secretary H&UDD Vipul Pathak, along with Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Commissioner Bashir Ahmad Khan, on Friday visited the dumping site of Achen in Srinagar to assess the project progress and its efficiency.
While interacting with the SMC officials, Pathak underlined that waste to energy plant is the only long-term solution to deal with the growing solid waste emanating from the urban pockets.
“The Achen project will take time of two-and-a-half year to be implemented,” he said. Pathak asked the SMC to come up with short term plans and work strategically and professionally towards achieving the goal. “There is need to go for a capacity building in order to adopt latest techniques, equipment for collection efficiency and scientific disposal of waste,” Pathak said.
Pathak asked the SMC commissioner to prepare a detailed report on long term plan for garbage disposal. “As the solution lies in waste to energy plant, the project should resolve waste management issues at least for 25 to 30 years.”
He pointed out that all cities are in a state of setting up of this waste to energy plants that generates 50 MW to 150 MWs of electricity. The Commissioner Secretary asked the SMC to rope in the experts from reputed national institutes for any expert advice and technical hand-holding till the waste to energy plant is set up fully.