Citizen Journalist Report by Ashima Manhas
10 years ago, a multi-crore project had been sanctioned by centre for the solid waste management system in Jammu and Kashmir as well. A decade later, the projects hangs in air since the completion of project is nowhere in sight.
The dumping site was identified near Bhagwati Nagar and it was supposed to be completed in the year 2011. The plan was to construct a underground sewerage system along with solid waste management system. Machinery worth crores of rupees was brought at the site but then it is left to rot.
The winter capital of the state, Jammu is spread over 115 sq km and inhabited by 15 lakh people, generates nearly 400 tonnes of solid waste daily. Due to shortage of manpower, not even half of it is lifted and this is the reason why Jammu at the 427th rank, lowest in India, when it comes to cleanness.
Till 2003, the city was having an area of just 32 sq km and in 2003 the government approved the city limits to 112 sq km. As per a study, the city will cover an area of 530 sq km by 2031.
In the absence of a proper dumping site, JMC is forced to dump more than 400 tonnes of solid waste generated in Jammu in the deep trenches created in the forest areas around the city and on the Tawi riverbed which leads to environmental pollution.
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