RESIDENT SPEAK: Mismanagement of waste a blot on civic body
Dwarka: Mismanagement of waste can be seen all across Dwarka. I have been observing it happening throughout the entire sub-city. I would like to share my experience of a particular spot which is highly mismanaged and it points towards the negligence of the civic body South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).
I am a resident of Agrasen Apartments in Sector 7, Dwarka. I normally pass through Shaheed Capt Gaur Chowk to catch Metro from Palam like other commuters.
The circle houses a temple and it is hardly less than two meters away from a SDMC dhalao. Surroundings of this circle has one of the busiest markets known as Palam Village market.
I have always found this dhalao full of garbage (wet and dry) and it stinks. Rag pickers (including child rag pickers) are found segregating garbage (legally or illegally) leaving behind wet garbage which stinks. Incidentally, SDMC officers and staff are housed adjacent to this dhalao.
Further, I would like to add that the garbage is dumped by SDMC vehicles too after door to door collection. It was also observed that most of the residents provide segregated garbage but is being mixed at this dhalao despite a provision which was made recently by putting up big trollies for wet and dry garbage.
Solid Waste Management Rules were revised/amended after 16 years in 2016. These rules cast upon certain duties/responsibilities both on generators and local bodies. As per rules, generators must segregate waste into three streams, wet (biodegradable), dry (plastic, paper, metals, wood etc) and domestic hazardous waste (diapers, napkins, empty contains of cleaning agents, mosquito repellents etc) and handover segregated waste to authorised rag pickers or waste collectors or local bodies.
Local bodies have also been authorised to issue challans or fines on the spot to ensure compliance of these rules.
On the other hand, these rules were cast upon the local bodies to set up waste processing facilities within two years. They are also responsible for the development of infrastructure for collection, storage, transportation, processing and disposal of waste.
With the ever increasing population and urbanisation (including encroachments), the waste management has emerged as biggest challenge.
Despite amendment in the rules, unscientific SWM disposal is main cause of many diseases and pollution and I have no hesitation to say that local bodies have miserably failed to channelise the waste to wealth.
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