The waste segregation work by municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has failed to take off in the city.
As a part of its waste reduction drive, the civic body here had planned to collaborate with educational institutes across the city for encouraging the city residents to collect biodegradable and non-degradable wastes in separate containers.
Assistant medical officer, health department, Dr Shri Kishan Sharma, also the project in-charge, said, “The civic body officials were occupied in compiling the data for the upcoming budget session so we were not able to start the project.” Another reason that the official gave for the delay in the project was the on going board exams. “Due to the ongoing exams in schools, we could not ask the student volunteers to start work on the drive,” Sharma said.
The official however ensured that the local government will start the programme in the first week of next month. In the first phase of waste segregation project, the civic body here is planning to collaborate with HMV, KMV and Doaba College for the mission.
WHY WASTE SEGREGATION IS VITAL
Waste management is the biggest challenge for the municipal corporation Jalandhar here as the city dump in Wariana village is now overflowing with the amount of garbage being dumped their on daily basis. Wariana dump is spread across 14 acres.
Even though MCJ had recently purchased 2.25-acre land at the cost of Rs 48 lakh per acres, officials said that more space is needed to accommodate the increasing waste.