SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has failed to get a garbage segregator as a solid waste expert, who was supposed to install the machine has backtracked.
New Delhi-based expert Dr SR Muley had proposed to SMC that he would solve the city’s long- pending problem of segregating waste by simply installing the segregator at Achan dumping site at a cost of Rs 1.8 crore. However when the SMC agreed, Muley backed out.
Chief Sanitation Officer, SMC Manzoor Ahmad said that Muley, in a recent meeting with the corporation officials, informed them that he could not start the project as the cost has escalated to Rs 4 crore. “We had finalised everything with Muley but at the last moment he retracted. The cost he pitched was double than what he had earlier agreed on,” Manzoor told Kashmir Reader.
SMC received this setback at a time when Asian Development Bank (ADB) denied a loan to the corporation for the development of the much-needed landfill site unless segregation of the waste into degradable and bio-degradable waste was taken care of. The present landfill used for garbage dumping has been exhausted and SMC had approached ABD to establish another landfill site so that the city can be saved from a crisis. ADB refused a loan because dumping of unsegregated waste reduced the life of earlier landfill sites by half. SMC tried to segregate the waste at source but failed to do so.
“Muley suggested the installation of a segregator at the dumping site. It was a good idea but his backing off at the last movement delayed the project further,” Manzoor said. Basharat Ahmad, Director Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), ADB’s executing agency in the Valley said that if SMC fails to meet its standards, the state government will fund the construction of the next landfill site.
“After SMC failed to segregate the waste, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that the government will fund the project if ADB disagrees again. Following his assurance, we have started work on a third landfill site, which will be complete in the next five months,” Basharat said. “The third landfill site will have a capacity of 1.3 lakh metric tons. If segregation is done, the site can be used for eight years. And if segregation is not done, it will not last for two years,” he said.
SMC is planning to invite fresh tenders in the coming days for the much-needed segregator.
“I assure you that the third landfill will only take segregated wastes,” Manzoor claimed.