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Monday, 3 August 2020

Garbage mounds at waste management plant health hazard for residents

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 2

The reduced capacity of the Karnal solid waste management plant to recycle garbage is causing inconvenience to residents. The plant is located along the Karnal-Meerut road in Shekhpura Suhana village, around 8 km from the district headquarters.

The city, which has a population of over 4 lakh, generates around 200 quintals of garbage daily. The plant has a capacity to recycle around 120 quintals of garbage daily, but it processes around 150 quintals of garbage every day. As a result, the remaining garbage is dumped on the plant's premises, which has led to heaps of garbage at the site.

The plant was started in 2012 by the Congress government with an aim to convert the solid waste into the compost and refuse-derived fuel under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Hydro-air Tectonics Pollution Control Development Limited (HTPL), a Mumbai-based company, had established the plant at a cost of Rs 32 crore. Half of the project's cost was borne by the state government.

The operations of the plant were handed over to Hydro-air Tectonics Pollution Control Development Limited on the BOT basis for 30 years. However, due to poor handling by the company, the municipal corporation cancelled its contract, and took charge of the operations.

Commuters and residents have raised the problem of garbage stench emanating from the heaps of garbage, claiming it to be hazardous for their health. Worried over the consequences of the foul smell on the health of residents, Baldev Raj, a daily commuter, said the capacity of the plant should be increased.

Nishant Kumar Yadav, Municipal Commissioner, said they had included the plant in the smart city project. The plant's capacity would be enhanced to 250 quintals per day. "We have come up with a plan which will dispose of the dumped garbage from the site," he added.

RECYCLING WASTE ABOVE CAPACITY

The plant has a capacity to recycle around 120 quintals of garbage daily, but it processes around 150 quintals of garbage every day. As a result, the remaining garbage is dumped on the plant's premises, which has led to heaps of garbage at the site.



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