The state of Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing fast urbanization which in it’s train is also bringing complex civic issues particularly those related to waste management, disposal and treatment. Despite financial help available from the centre under various schemes, the authorities in the state have failed to take advantage, and the result is that not even a single town in the state has a scientific sewerage treatment management system to handle solid waste, and sewage.
The government of India had launched the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns to provide better civic facilities for towns, and cities. Under this scheme seven towns namey Poonch, Kathua, Akhnour, Sunderbani, Bhaderwah, Samba and Doda were selected for setting up waste treatment projects. Despite the launch of this scheme seven years back, the projects in four towns viz Poonch, Kathua, Akhnour,and Samba have not started because the land was not made available where the plants were to be constructed. Officials said although DPRs were formulated, and also vetted by the state government but the work could not be started because the sites were not identified. The plants could not come up as land was not available on time, and even in Bhaderwah, Doda, and Sunderbani the entire waste is not handled scientifically.
With projects in some towns not materializing, the plan to spread the solid waste management treatment across the state has come to a naught with people not knowing what to expect from the government. Even in Jammu the waste treatment, and management ability is not adequate to handle the volume of the entire city. Short term measures are taken up but the government has not come up with a proper plan to get rid of the situation. Authorities meanwhile say that they are trying to put in place a plan for segregation of waste in different towns of the state, and also looking for land to ensure waste is processed in a proper manner.