Ensure no waste, plastics find way into water bodies: CEO SASB

Srinagar: Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) Umang Narula, on Saturday called upon officials other stakeholders to ensure that no waste, plastic materials finds its way into water bodies.
He said this while reviewed the arrangements put in place at various Yatra Camps and enroute for carrying out sanitation/cleaning work.
This entire campaign being implemented by the Shrine Board is in close collaboration with the Pahalgam Development Authority and the Sonamarg Development Authority in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
Appreciating the good work done to keep the Yatra Camps and Track clean, CEO impressed upon Camp Directors of all Yatra Camps to conduct similar drives regularly, and keep a close watch to ensure against any waste / plastic material being thrown into the water bodies and that the head of each involved Agency should ensure that all biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, including plastic wastes, are disposed off in accordance with the Action Plan already approved and the Yatra Camps and Tracks must be totally free from any waste whatsoever.
He expressed satisfaction at the massive sanitation drive conducted today in a well coordinated manner under the personnel supervision of Camp Directors, Additional Camp Directors and Deputy Camp Directors of Baltal, Panjtarni, and Sheshnag camps in which officers / officials from all the Shrine Board, Civil, Police, BSF, CRPF, Langar Organizations, sanitation workers and local service providers participated. During the drive, special focus was on cleaning of toilets / baths, drains, lanes, nearby diversion channel, shops, huts, tent area which was highly appreciated by the Yatris.
He was informed that all plastic and other non-biodegradable waste materials are being collected and segregated through color coded dust bins in 03 different colors viz. yellow for bio-medical, blue for non biodegradable and green for biodegradable wastes from the Yatra Camps, track and all along the hill slopes and brought down to Baltal and Nunwan where these are crushed in the shredding machines especially installed for the purpose.
Anup Kumar Soni, Additional CEO, SASB informed that a Reverse Vending Machine is being installed by the Shrine Board at Chandanwari for efficiently shredding of plastic bottles in fine flakes which not only reduces the volume of plastic but enables its recycling. This initiative shall help in plastic waste disposal, in consonance with the laid down Solid Waste Management Rules 2016.