Municipal waste continues to plague Kashmir, government prepares Rs 200 crore action plan – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

Suhail Bhat

Srinagar, 26 March: The municipal solid waste (MSW) problem in Kashmir has not been solved as the government has failed to establish even a single waste treatment plant in any of the urban local bodies, and the Improper dumping of garbage endangers the natural beauty of the valley. .
Although towns and cities are required to build a science-based waste disposal system, none have been able to do so in the valley so far. Poor waste management has caused serious environmental problems, highlighting the need for an immediate and comprehensive waste management policy for this environmentally sensitive region.
The lack of a proper waste disposal mechanism has led to undesirable practices such as the dumping of waste in fresh water bodies, agricultural lands, woods and roadside areas, as well as the waste burning, which pollutes the environment.
Due to poor waste management, the structure and quality parameters of water bodies have been altered. “Waste collected in cities and large towns is dumped near bodies of water, open fields or even directly into bodies of fresh water. This is harmful to the environment and should be stopped immediately,” an expert said.
The administration is taking the challenge seriously and has prepared a Rs 200 crore action plan for solid waste management. “The waste treatment facilities will be located in about forty ULBs. So far, we have prepared around 27 Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) and work is ongoing on two of them in Ganderbal and Chadoora,” Urban Local Bodies Director Mathoora Masoom told Excelsior, adding that 25 other DPRs are currently being relaunched. by our project management team.
The team ensures that projects are built according to specifications. “The main reason for these projects is to protect our environment, and the project team makes sure that it does not violate any environmental standards,” she explained.
She said that in addition to taking measures for efficient waste disposal, they have made progress in collecting and transporting waste. “We have achieved nearly 100 per cent door-to-door collection,” she said, adding that they had also procured vehicles worth Rs 35 crore for waste management. “We believe we will have a strong solid waste management system in place as soon as possible,” she said.

Melissa C. Keyes