The mini garbage transfer stations made by the Municipal Corporation Dehradun (MCD) to enable transport of garbage collected in the city to the waste management plant are damaging the surrounding environment.
The piles of garbage have not only created problems for the residents living near the areas but are also adding to the contamination of the Bindal river. This has also contaminated the groundwater in the selected garbage transfer spots.
As per the information provided by sources, the MCD gave a contract to a company- Ramky which collects garbage from the spot and then transports it to the Shishambada waste management plant. There are three such spots in the city- one near IT Park on Sahastradhara Road, Indiranagar and the largest one is near Bindal river on Haridwar bypass road.
The management of these sites is so poor that apart from the stench spread in the area, garbage can also be seen littered around. According to the agreement with the company, MCD should have ensured that the garbage in the transfer station does not litter the site. However, no step has been taken to ensure this.
Activist Soumya Prasad said, “We live in an area where groundwater level is not very deep, which means it is easily available underground at 10 to 15 metres. And such garbage points consist of non-segregated waste which includes metal waste, e-waste, medical waste etc which contaminate the soil at different levels. It is also very likely that leachate created in these areas may harm the soil at various levels. .It is very important that proper management should be ensured for these spots.”
On this issue, the municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said, “We are well aware of the problem, of garbage littering the river. Currently, MCD is covering one spot near Bindal so that no garbage litter the river. Also, certain steps will be taken regarding other mini garbage transfer stations.”
Chief municipal health officer, Dr Kailash Joshi said, “We cannot deny the fact that leachate is created in the area. However, the quantity is less because the garbage regularly gets transferred to the Shishambada waste management plant. Our two JCBs and 12 dumpers along with trolleys regularly work in the area.
Also, we have talked with the company about collecting the waste properly from these sports. The company will soon install packed big dustbins. This will keep the garbage packed and it will get transferred without any littering. Also the spot near Bindal is currently getting covered so that no garbage reaches the river.”