Tepid response: Waste segregation a non-starter in Chandigarh
The municipal corporation here had launched the segregation of waste with much fanfare on World Environment Day on June 5. But a week on and the project is yet to gain momentum in the city. The residents, as well as the garbage collectors, are going on with the old system of dumping dry waste and wet waste together. The resident welfare associations claim hardly anything is being done on the ground.
The municipal corporation had started the process of distributing free dustbins to residents in two colours - green for wet waste and blue for dry waste. On June 5, as many as 10,000 bins were distributed across the city to councillors and everyday between 100 and 200 are being handed over to the sanitary inspectors and councillors for further distribution. In all 15,000 bins were procured initially, and out of that around 2,000 are left.
An MC official says the current focus is on distribution of the bins for segregation of waste. After that they will lay stress on segregation of waste at source.
The official added the bins are being handed over to the residents, proper register is maintained and a picture is clicked to keep record.
This exercise is expected to get over by mid-July.
GARBAGE IS NOT BEING SEGREGATED
While the MC is laying focus on distributing dustbins, the garbage is being disposed of by the residents in just one bin. Even the garbage collector is not stressing on segregation of waste.
A garbage collector said these days almost the entire garbage is being dumped at the Daddumajra ground, even if it is segregated where will it be processed . The existing plant is not able to process the garbage in large quantity.
Sant Ram, a garbage lifter in Sector 41 said, “There are just a couple of residents who are segregating garbage, rest all are dumping it in the same old way. We will also be getting new carts, which will have two boxes - one for wet and other for dry garbage. It will take another month to implement the new scheme.”
Brijpal Singh, a safai karamchari said, “I really don’t know how the segregation will be implemented in totality. We have seen over the years there are some residents, who in a bid to save Rs 100, which is paid to garbage collector, go themselves and dump the garbage. In the evening and morning, they go and throw the garbage in the dump.”
“The Resident Welfare Associations should be involved to cover maximum residents and a large scale awareness needs to be done to change the mind set,” Singh said.
The MC joint commissioner Manoj Khatri added, “Initially, it is slow but will gain momentum once all the bins are distributed. We aim to complete the distribution by next month. We are also procuring bins for the garbage collectors for segregation.”
The MC also plans to impose fine in the coming months if garbage is found dumped in residential and commercial areas. A fine of Rs 5,000 will be imposed on people for dumping garbage in residential area and Rs 10,000 in commercial area.
We don’t see any initiative from MC. We had asked the sanitary inspectors when will we get the bins. There is no contact with the MC on this issue. We expect awareness about segregation to get people adopt the new way.
--Rajender Mohan Kashyap, president, RWA Sector 22
There is nothing on ground yet. We have not received any dustbins so far and there is no awareness drive being organised to tell residents how to go for segregation and what are the benefits. The councillor has also not approached us.
--SC Luthra, vice-president, RWA, MHC, Manimajra
Nothing has started so far. MC is yet to start distributing the bins in our area. We are telling residents to segregate the waste on our own. The MC is also devising a mechanism about garbage collection.
--Hitesh Puri, vice-chairman, FOSWAC