Smart city? : Garbage spills in Jalandhar town risk spreading monsoon disease: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Jalandhar, July 16
Even though the city’s residents are in hiding under the threat of an impending third wave of Covid-19, the huge garbage overflows throughout the city during the ongoing monsoon also pose a huge risk of causing various seasonal illnesses.
Since garbage is not picked up daily from landfills, it often tends to spread over almost double the designated area. In many places, dirt spreads on the roads causing enormous inconvenience to passers-by, especially pedestrians. Stray cattle and dogs add to the threat and cause even more nuisance.
The town’s biggest horror is the landfill just along the Model Town cremation grounds. Garbage covers the entire parking lot of visitors who come to perform the last rites of their loved ones. The stench emanating from the site, especially during the current wet and rainy season, causes even more discomfort.
The Municipal Corporation recently built a U-shaped wall in the center of the fish market. Even since this wall was raised, the volume of garbage dumped here has increased, which has started to worry not only fish market traders, but also commuters along the old GT route and landowners. ‘other shops nearby.
Sukhbir Singh, owner of a store on GT Road, said: “Now everyone thinks it’s their right to throw the garbage here. So the whole area has become so messy and unwelcoming. With the danger of Covid always in mind, shoppers avoid visiting any dirty area for fear of contracting infections. Even more serious is the problem that no daily garbage collection is carried out by MC safai karamcharis ”.
No door-to-door waste sorting for one year
Municipal society officials who had been raising public awareness about door-to-door waste sorting for some time have now completely stopped moving. Wet kitchen waste and plastic and other dry materials go into the garbage collector’s cart in a bucket. Garbage collectors also selectively collect any resalable scrap metal they find and end up throwing it all together at landfill sites. The MC vehicles collect all the trash and take it to the Wariana landfill.
With the exception of two small sites, Birring and Dakoha, where a limited amount of waste from neighboring areas is dumped, no other area is involved in the compost-making technology. “Here the kitchen waste goes into a pit and is then used as organic fertilizer for the plants. The whole city recklessly dumps landfills and causes environmental damage, ”said Rajinder Beri, deputy of the Jalandhar Central Congress.
Most locals are of the opinion that until the time when IAS agent Aashika Jain served in the town, she remained involved in the waste sorting campaign and had even started imposing fines on households. not following the instructions. “Since she was transferred last year, no other MC official has paid attention to the matter,” said Vicky, a garbage collector.
Meanwhile, as the current government’s tenure comes to an end, it is now that officials have started to accelerate the bio-mining plan at the Wariana landfill site. “The tenders for the project have been opened and we expect work to begin on the site within the next 20 days,” MP Beri said.