Next time you see a zooming tableau on Srinagar streets with children enacting a play on hygiene, a singer singing songs on pollution and an instructor directing on segregation of waste --- wait a while and lend your ear.
The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has come up with a novel idea to check littering and pollution in the city; a designer mobile van named ‘Health Buzz’ and ‘Seaheath’ch Savear --- Pakeez Paigam (Health journey with message on hygiene)’
The vehicle will be flagged off tomorrow from SMC’s main office at Karan Nagar. “After working on the ground for several years now, we realized people are not aware about many things related to hygiene like health hazards of polythene, littering and segregation of solid waste. We see this vehicle going a long way in creating much-needed awareness among people,” SMC joint commissioner Fayaz Ahmad Bala told the Hindustan Times.
The vehicle, with slogans on hygiene splashed all over, will have an open rare platform with two houses on it. “In one house children will be shown littering in their lawns and the other house follows the discipline of waste management. The live demonstration of the lesson will be obvious from the sight of the two houses. Jingles on hygiene will also be played by children,” said Bala.
The SMC intends to imbibe awareness on segregation of bio-degradable and non-biodegradables as it is introducing colour coded bins in the city. “Green bins on the vehicle will be used for bio-degradable and the blue ones for non-biodegradables. We intend to incinerate non-biodegradables and dispose it off completely. Unless a sense on segregation is not developed among people, efficient sanitation is not possible,” said Bala.
Srinagar city produces more than 500 metric tonnes of waste every day. “We lift around 350 metric tones and dump it at Achin on the city outskirts, where 390 kanals of land has been procured by the SMC. The area will be converted into a park,” said Bala.
According to the corporation calculations, around 150 metric tonnes of waste is either being littered or disposed off in water bodies and roadsides by the city residents on their own. “Here we want to intervene and make a change,” said the SMC joint commissioner.
The designer vehicle will make rounds of the city for a week to begin with. “Our sanitation staff will also be part of the drive to have a door-to-door awareness campaign,” said Bala.