Plans for old trenching ground: MCD claims contradict known facts
Though the officials of Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) claim that the old trenching ground on Sahastradhara Road will be ready to build Sainya Dham and a city park in a couple of years, sources state that the usual procedure required to make the land suitable for the purpose takes at least seven to eight years.
A few days ago, Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ inspected the trenching ground and announced that the said land will be used for the construction of Sainya Dham and a city park. According to municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey, “The work of clearing the trash from the part of the trenching ground where there are bushes and lesser garbage has begun. For the remaining place, bio-mining engineers will be called to ascertain what can be done with the garbage dumped there.” He further added that the ground will be ready in one or two years to build Sainya Dham and City Park.
However, observers point out that when it comes to talk of clearing the garbage, one should understand that the MCD is talking to clearing a dump used for about a decade at a time when it is struggling to properly dispose of the garbage generated daily. The existing solid waste management plant of the MCD is already struggling to tackle the 300 metric tonnes of waste generated daily. In such a situation, tackling the waste from the old trenching ground is a highly impractical idea. Further, as per the procedure used in trenching grounds past their capacity, the capping technique is the most suitable way to make the land suitable for any kind of activity. In this technique, layers of soil are laid in the area which is left to settle for about seven to eight years and no activity can be done on the ground during this period. The old trenching ground is filled with non-biodegradable garbage that makes any activity like building a park impossible at the site in its present condition. The only way of giving new shape to the dumping ground is to use the capping technique.
Considering these points, the claims of the officials of MCD appear highly impractical as the disposal of untreated garbage of more than a decade in the trenching ground seems impossible within the span of a couple of years.
Friday, 28 February 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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