Locals allege dumping of biomedical waste in Sheeshambada waste management plant
The locals residing near the solid waste management and recycling plant in Sheeshambada accused Ramky Company of burying biomedical waste collected from hospitals of the city in the premises of the plant. Apart from this, they also claimed that the heap of untreated garbage has become so huge in the premises of the plant that it is easily visible even from outside the waste management plant. They opined that due to the incapability of the management of the plant to dispose of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), the garbage is not getting treated properly. According to one of the locals Satpal Dhaniya, the sanitation workers regularly dump the garbage in the Sheeshambada waste management plant but it is not being treated there causing a rotten smell to spread across the whole area. He said, “Earlier the smell was somewhat still bearable but now the stench is too strong to ignore and it lingers around the whole day.” He further alleged that instead of being cautious in the current pandemic to curb the Covid-19 contagion, the company is dumping the biomedical waste in the ground inside the plant that also includes the biomedical waste from the hospitals treating Covid-19 positive cases. Some other locals stated that the situation in the said plant has worsened during the lockdown and it has severely affected the life of the nearby residents.
Meanwhile on the question of the improper disposal of RDF in Sheeshambada plant, the chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi stated that the Ramky Company is responsible for the proper disposal of generated RDF in the plant and the municipal corporation is already deducting the 20 per cent from the paychecks of the company. He said that the corporation is well aware of the situation and currently looking into it.
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun