Ja­land­har still lacks solid waste mgmt fa­cil­ity

AS­SESS­MENT The one-month sur­vey, which started on Jan­uary 4, will con­tinue till Fe­bru­ary 4, and cover over 4,000 cities across the coun­try

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - Sneh Harvi let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

JA­LAND­HAR: Ja­land­har civic body is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Swachh Survekshan Sur­vey 2019, a na­tion­wide clean­li­ness as­sess­ment, with­out a solid wate man­age­ment fa­cil­ity in the city. With this, the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has taken part for the third time in the sur­vey with­out the fa­cil­ity.

The one-month sur­vey, which started on Jan­uary 4, will con­tinue till Fe­bru­ary 4 in over 4,000 cities across the coun­try. The clean­li­ness as­sess­ment is be­ing car­ried out by the Union hous­ing and ur­ban af­fairs min­istry and will be mea­sured on var­i­ous set pa­ram­e­ters.

No­tably, the solid waste treat­ment plant is a ma­jor com­po­nent un­der the clean­li­ness sur­vey. While the civic body here has been plan­ning to set up a bio-min­ing waste plant in War­i­ana dump­site area since Septem­ber 2017, the project is yet to see the light of the day. The bio-min­ing plant project was to come up at a cost of Rs 24 crore.

In ad­di­tion to bio-min­ing waste plant, Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Ja­land­har (MCJ) had also given clear­ance for set­ting waste to com­post plant un­der the de­cen­tralised model.

As a pi­lot project, the waste to com­post plant was to be setup in one ward of ev­ery con­stituency.

Both the project, how­ever, wit­nessed the op­po­si­tion from some of the city coun­cil­lors, who were against the pro­posal of hav­ing waste treat­ment plant of any na­ture in their area.

Even dur­ing the house meet­ing held in March last year, sev­eral west seg­ment coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing Congress coun­cil­lors Lakhvir Singh Ba­jwa from ward num­ber 76, BJP coun­cil­lor Sweta Dhir of ward num­ber 77 along with the other op­po­si­tion coun­cil­lors, col­lec­tively op­posed the move of the MC to pur­chase more land near War­i­ana dump site for set­ting up the plant.

When con­tacted, Mayor Jagdish Raja in­formed that the they are tar­get­ing to ex­e­cute the bio min­ing project in the city by the end of March.

“We have al­ready started the process of set­ting waste com­post plant at around 30 lo­ca­tions in the city. It took a long while be­fore the lo­cal bod­ies depart­ment gave the clear­ance to the bio-min­ing project, but we are do­ing our best to gain points in other seg­ments of clean­li­ness as­sess­ment,” Jagdish Raja said.

BIO-MIN­ING METHOD

Bio-min­ing is an en­vi­ron­ment­friendly method for treat­ing old open waste dumps with zero emis­sion of land­fill gases or drain dis­charge. Un­der the bio-min­ing method, com­bustible and non-com­bustible wastes are seg­re­gated and treated sep­a­rately, re­cy­cled and reused.

Even the soil left af­ter treat­ing the waste can be used for agri­cul­ture pur­poses, while the ag­gre­gates like glass, rub­ber and plas­tic are given to the re­cy­cling plants.

WASTE TO COM­POST PLANT METHOD

Un­der this method, the biodegrad­able waste is seg­re­gated from the non-biodegrad­able waste. The bio-degrad­able wastes that also in­clude kitchen waste or dry leaves are put in the com­post pot. The de­com­po­si­tion of the waste pro­duces com­post which is used in gar­den­ing or other agri­cul­tural pur­poses.

FILE PHOTO

■ War­i­ana dump site, where solid waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity has been planned, in Ja­land­har.

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