Litter free Kashmir:Govt to install eight treatment plants to convert garbage into compost
7: Jammu and Kashmir government is
installing state-of-the-art Solid Waste Treatment plants in eight major towns
to convert the garbage into compost.
Sumbal, Hajan, Budgam, Bejbehara, Anantnag, Kulgam and Tral have been
identified for setting up Solid Waste Treatment plants in the valley. These towns will replicate Pahalgam model
where Solid Waste Management (SWM) rules 2016 have already been implemented.
This follows the
directive by National Green Tribunal (NGT) to build up three model towns in the
erstwhile state for implementation of SWM rules 2016 and later replicate it to
entire Union Territory.
the first town to implement SWM rules and set up the plant in May this year.
“For replication of model town, I have already
sent letter to the eight concerned municipal committees and it will be
completed within four months,” said Riyaz Ahmad Wani, Director, Urban Local
Bodies (ULB), and Kashmir.
Each plant will
come up at an estimated cost of Rs 1.13 crore. “The first priority of 14th
finance commission will be solid waste management. It will provide 65% finances
for the project and rest of 35% will come from Swachh Barat Mission (SBM),” he
Wani said the
department has identified towns on the basis of availability of land. Eight
selected towns will cover at least 60% of waste generated throughout Kashmir,
“In Pahalgam 80% of the waste is segregated at
the source and converted into compost after undergoing through certain
processes. The non- biodegradable part is processed under magnetic
disintegrator in which plasma technology kills the waste. The same will follow
in the eight towns,” Wani said.
Officer, Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA), Dr Nasir Lone told The Kashmir
Monitor that the plant has proven very beneficial in the area as waste have
been reduced to negligible rate.
“The waste generated
in the area is collected from the bins and carried to the dump site. The waste
is later converted into compost which is used as manure by the local populace,”
Dr Nasir said.