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Plan for sanitary landfills to take pressure off Dhapa

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Mayor Firhad Hakim on Monday asked the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to clear all hurdles for purchasing two major chunks of land located on opposite ends of the city for construction of dumping grounds with sanitary landfills.

Hakim held an urgent meeting with senior civic officials and representatives of West Bengal Pollution Control Board to chalk out a plan for an early beginning of the construction of the dumpyards since the existing dumpyard at Dhapa has no space for taking in regular waste any more and might crumble under pressure.

According to the plan, KMC is set to buy a 20acre plot in Rajarhat from Hidco for the waste from northeast Kolkata. Another 30acre plot has been identified at Rasapunja, close to Joka, where the KMC plans to transport waste generated from the southwest part of the city. At present, Dhapa dumping ground accommodates 4,500 tonnes of garbage every day from across the city.

Hakim expressed his concern when he heard that possession of the land identified at Joka or Rajarhat could get delayed because of some hurdles.

“First of all, we need to shift more than 200 people who live on the plot in Rasapunja. We will have to formulate a proper rehabilitation package for them. This takes both time and money and a policy needs to be in place. Before we can take possession of the Rajarhat land, we need green light from the Hidco authorities,” said a civic official.

The mayor has asked civic officials to prepare a report on the status of these plots and submit it by next week. Hakim assured the KMC officials of personally taking up the issue with the state government without delay.

During the meeting, Hakim made it clear to the KMC solid waste management officials that under no circumstances was the civic body to refuse removal of garbage from either government or private factory/office premises, even if those lay beyond the KMC’s jurisdiction.

“We won’t refuse removal of waste citing jurisdiction issues. We will collect waste even from the central government offices and the Port area, and later charge them for the service,” Hakim told mediapersons.

Source: Times of India

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