SRINAGAR: The urban local bodies department has embarked on an ambitious project to construct integrated solid waste management units in Kashmir division in order to implement the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan and Clean India Mission on the ground level. The units are coming up at Delina village of Baramulla, Lethpora area of Pulwama, Sumbal area of Bandipora, Batengoo area of Anantnag, Lurow area of Kulgam and Natnussa Khantipora of Kupwara.
The establishment of solid waste management units will help government to address the menace of solid waste in urban areas as nearly 352.5 tons of solid waste is produced per day in these clusters only to be dumped at various open sites.
A senior official at the directorate of urban local bodies told Kashmir Reader that government has approved six sites for the project and its tenders have been floated. They will be thrown open on January 27. “Government has approved six sites for the establishment of integrated solid waste management units in urban Kashmir,” the official said.
The Rs 144.19 crore project in Kashmir would be among a few states to have solid waste management units in “very near future” and is expected to be completed in the span of two years. “Once we find bidders, the project will be executed on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode,” the official said adding scientific methods like incineration, recycling, thermal treatment, pyrolysis and gasification would be used in these units.
He claimed that less that 20 percent of solid waste material will go for land filling while the rest would be used as compost and refused delivered fuel. “The waste would be supplied to cement factories and brick kilns at cheaper rates for recycling,” the official added.
Abid Ali, junior engineer with ULB told Kashmir Reader that solid waste units have been designed by one of the renowned environmental consultancy Eco Pro. He said the basic design is similar for all units but the space varies according to availability of the land. “The machinery installed at these units would suit the environment of Kashmir valley and has no hazardous emissions,” Abid said.
Manzoor Ahmad Sofi, Director UBL told Kashmir Reader the establishment of integrated solid waste management units would change the face of Kashmir. “The waste that one finds at open spaces would disappear completely. Our Kashmir would look more beautiful,” he said adding that the establishment of such plants would improve the health conditions of the people.
The director said that prior to the functioning of these units the department will start an awareness campaign and distribute two kinds of bins for the collection of the waste. “People would be made aware which bin to be used for wet and dry waste,” Sofi said.