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Posted at: Nov 7, 2018, 12:36 AM; last updated: Nov 7, 2018, 12:36 AM (IST)

GPS on solid waste disposal vehicles to curb illegal dumping

Kuldeep Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 6

The state pollution regulator has directed all civic authorities, including Shimla municipal corporation (SMC) and Dharamsala municipal corporation, to install GPS devices on the vehicles that take the solid waste from the different wards to the waste disposal sites to check illegal dumping of the waste.

The regulator has also asked all the civic authorities of the urban local bodies to install CCTVs at the waste disposal plant. The GPS will keep track of the vehicles that carry the solid waste.

The GPS navigation and CCTVs will ensure compliance that the vehicles dispose of the solid waste at the designated place, said Dr RK Purthi, member secretary, pollution control board. This is being done for better regulation and ensuring that the solid waste is not dumped into the nalluhs or on the road sides. Those found guilty of illegal dumping of waste will attract punishment under the solid waste management rules, he warned.

Also, the SMC has started the compartmentalization of the solid waste in three municipal wards. The door-to-door garbage collectors would get the two different bags - one would carry wet waste and other would carry the dry waste. This will segregate the waste at the source, said Purthi.

The civic bodies have been asked to make compost from the bio-degradable waste. Many civic bodies are using waste for use in piggeries. “The Ghumarwin civic body is using bio-waste for piggeries and nothing goes was waste”, said Dr Purthi.

The waste-to-energy plant at Bharyal near Shimla is producing refuse-derived fuel (RDF) from the 70 tonnes of solid waste which is disposed of at the plant every day.

A seven-member inquiry report had indicted the SMC and Solan municipal council for the ‘river of plastic”, the Ashwani khad episode, that had come to light in July.

The report was submitted to the NGT after the green tribunal took cognizance of the matter on July 19 and directed the state agencies to put in place the solid waste management action plan.

The inquiry had also found that four tonne of solid waste of Solan committee did not reach Shimla-based waste-to-energy plant on July 1 and July 2. The video clip that captured huge load of plastic flowing in the river had gone viral on social media that evoked sharp reaction from the environmentalists.

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