Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat or clean India campaign is unlikely to succeed in Bhopal, an environment expert said on Friday, questioning the city civic body’s competence in handling waste disposal in a scientific manner.
The expert has raised misgivings about the success of the filth-free drive, saying it would remain a symbolic and cosmetic campaign, unless the civic body adopts scientific methods to manage the city’s solid waste.
"The system to dispose of municipal solid waste is not scientific at present," said environmentalist Subash Pandey.
"There is no segregation of the garbage at the source into biodegradable and non-biodegradable."
Bhopal generates more than 750mt of solid waste daily, a major part of which is transported by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) to the Bhanpur landfill site—Bhopal's only dumping site.
In 2013, Pandey, concerned by the pollution created as a result of generation of huge quantity of municipal solid waste and poor disposal, had filed a case with the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Pandey, in his complaint had said the Bhanpur dumping site was being illegally used for the last 33 years without any authorisation.
More than 250 tonne of solid waste is being dumped on a daily basis at the site without any segregation, he had said.
BMC officials said once the new landfill at Adampur is developed, waste disposal would be streamlined.
"The delay in shifting is because government has to first ensure the rehabilitation of over 100 families at Adampur, who would get displaced because of the project," said BMC health officer and sanitation in-charge SP Srivastava.
The green panel had rapped three states including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan for poor municipal solid waste management.
The green panel had slammed the civic body for its failure to shift the dumping site to a new landfill site.
The residents around the landfill site have been agitating for years demanding that the landfill site is shifted as it endangers their health and remains a source of infections and foul smell.