SMC’s waste segregation project in rough weather

SMC’s waste segregation project in rough weather

SRINAGAR: Installation of a segregator at the Achan dumping site by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is facing rough weather as experts have warned against it. The proposed installation of a waste segregator at Achan was believed to provide relief to SMC to keep the imminent garbage management crisis at bay.
SMC had received a proposal from a solid waste management expert Dr SR Muley that he would solve the city’s long-pending problem of segregating waste by simply installing the segregation machine at the dumping site. Muley forwarded his proposal after SMC failed to segregate the waste at source. The need of segregation was felt when the direct dumping of waste reduced the life-span of the landfill site by half. The machine segregates the garbage into degradable and bio-degradable waste.
However a solid waste expert, who manages scientific disposal of waste at Achan told Kashmir Reader that the segregator would treat between 350 to 400 metric tons of waste produced by the city every day. “After the segregation, half of the waste would be left out, this needs a composting plant for treatment. In the new plan, SMC has no proposal for such a plant which means the left-out waste will remain in the open,” the expert said.
The second problem, the expert said, is that the segregator will manage only 40 metric tons of waste per hour which means it will take 10 hours to segregate all the waste produced by the city. “First it would be difficult for SMC to segregate this amount of waste. Secondly, SMC cannot treat the left-out waste as there is no composting plant. So, before SMC implements the idea, it should ponder these things. Otherwise it would be caught in another mess,” he warned.
Chief sanitation officer SMC, Manzoor Ahmad said that the civic body would consider all logistics before allowing its installation. “SMC along with other government departments will look into (Dr Muley’s) proposal. The government will think things through before implementing the project,” he added.
In November last year, SMC had assigned the job of installing a segregator at Achan to Dr Muley at a budget of Rs 1.8 crore. However after three months, Muley raised the estimate to Rs 4 crore saying he had not added the cost of raising sheds and other structures at the site.
Muley’s earlier proposal of dumping waste in the open led to a two week long agitation by the residents of Achan. The residents, amid violent protests, blocked roads leading to the dumping site.

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