Waste segregation is just not there

Rohit Shishodia 

The lack of segregation of waste has been a matter of concern for a long time in metropolitan cities. If waste is not segregated, it keeps piling up on roads and garbage collection centers. Non-segregation and non-collection badly impacts the health of citizens due to the foul smell emanating from it.

Delhi-NCR has been badly affected by garbage dumping. The dumping yards generally known as landfills pose risk of serious health ailments such as respiratory diseases and gastric problems.

But presently there seems to be no solution as there is no implementation of waste segregation either in housing societies or in government offices. Generally people are not aware about waste segregation. The waste segregation drive was launched in June 2017 by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

The motive of the project was to make people aware about biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste which should be put in different colored dust bins. It has been more than three months since the project was launched but municipal and Delhi government-run institutes are themselves not implementing the initiative, not to speak of the general public.

Dr Gaynesh Gupta, Senior Medical Officer of Swami Daya Nand (SDN) Hospital, East Delhi, informed that SDN hospital itself is yet to fully implement the biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste segregation initiative. Dr Gupta asserted that the hospital will fully implement the important initiative in coming months.

What is more surprising is that EDMC’s own headquarter which launched the project is not implementing biodegradable and non-biodegradable wasdte segregation initiative? The health official deputed there informed that there is no such initiative being implemented in EDMC headquarters.

General public is also now aware about such a move. An elderly woman, residing in Delhi’s Moujpur colony, North-East Delhi, informed that she never heard about segregating biodegradable waste.

Kusum Tomar, Municipal Councilor, Babarpur, East Delhi, informed that she learnt about the usage of different colored dustbins for segregation of waste but that is not being implemented in her area. She informed that she is not aware about any such drive of waste segregation being launched.

It is not just East Delhi but residents of South Delhi are also not aware about any waste segregation. Mr Mahendra Singh living in Sangam Vihar says  the waste is not lifted from their houses not to speak of waste segregation.

Mr Pradeep Khandelwal, Chief Engineer, Dams, EDMC, told DTMT that waste segregation drive is under progress. He informed that the people are being made aware about waste segregation in Preet Vihar. Later the corporation's drive will be launched in Mayur Vihar’s all phases.

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