This is in response to Dearth of Landfill sites (DE 6.7.2018) by Dr Raja Muzzafar Bhat. I believe authorities must take a lesson from this piece in view of the dearth of land availability for creating new dumping grounds for municipal waste. Most of our Municipal bodies across J&K have not been able to create scientific landfills, the reason is lack of land availability. In Udhampur municipal waste is being thrown in open in a forest area on Jammu Srinagar highway. In Jammu city, Bhagwati Nagar dumping ground is located near the Tawi banks which is almost full. In Srinagar, the Achan landfill site is also located near the population. In Bandipora district, the local Municipal Committee dumps waste near Wullar Lake. In Kulgam town, the garbage is dumped near Vishaw nallah. In Poonch, the solid waste generated in the town is dumped near the banks of Poonch river.
I can quote more than one dozen examples wherein municipal bodies dump waste un scientifically and authorities at the helm of affairs especially J&K State Pollution Control Board is a mute spectator. In view of this, the need of the hour is to ensure less amount of municipal waste is taken to these landfills and the only option as suggested by author is to create de centralized waste processing plants. Govt must install organic waste composting machines in residential colonies and commercial hubs. Only plastic and polythene waste should be taken to landfill sites. People who have land availability in their residential houses should compost their kitchen waste there itself.