MCD can help locals sell plastic waste segregated from their garbage: Dr Joshi
The Dehradun chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi said that Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) can assist people in selling plastic waste if they will segregate it from their garbage at their homes. He stated that half of the issues that the corporation has to face during garbage dumping will be resolved if the residential and non-residential bodies begin to segregate and manage the generated waste at their own place.
In an interaction with The Pioneer, Joshi said that the garbage collected by MCD mainly comprises wet garbage along with the plastic waste. “Such garbage causes foul smell besides making the dumping process difficult in the waste management plant. Since a large percentage of waste comes from commercial bodies, they can make the compost of their biodegradable waste and can use it in their garden while sending the plastic materials for recycling,” he stated. If people begin to wisely segregate the garbage, it will help the public and the environment, opined Dr Joshi. He mentioned that last year MCD held a campaign of plastic waste segregation in schools. The same year, MCD sold about 22 quintals of plastic waste to Public Works Department (PWD). If locals begin to segregate plastic waste from their daily garbage, MCD will even hire an agency that can collect plastic waste from their homes and pay them for it.
Talking about the challenges MCD has to face due to Covid-19 pandemic, Joshi said “Some projects like the process of tender for cleaning drains got delayed. Since the health section of the corporation has been operational even during the lockdown, there is nothing much that got hindered due to the pandemic.” Though, the corporation is regularly sanitising the city, locals are consistently approaching MCD to sanitise their houses and refusing them regularly is a challenge too. “When we sanitise residential areas, we make sure to spray disinfectant over the main gate and at the front of the house where generally people touch and pass through. Sterilising over one lakh houses on a regular basis is not possible. Besides, excessive sanitisation with such chemicals damages our environment too. It is useless to sanitise again and again unless there are any positive Covid-19 cases in or around the area,” said Dr Joshi.
In the past, MCD had several dispensaries for the locals to receive affordable treatment and medicine but now most of them are non-functional. Explaining about this, Dr Joshi said that there are sufficient hospitals in every part of Dehradun except Premnagar, where one can get affordable treatment and medicines, so such dispensaries are irrelevant. For now, there are only two functional dispensaries one of which is located at Gandhi Road and another one near Chakrata Road, he informed.
Sanitation workers are playing a vital role during the lockdown by maintaining cleanliness in the city while also facing the risk of contagion. Talking about this, Dr Joshi informed that MCD has made a system for it. If any of sanitation worker gets sick or shows any other symptoms, they will contact their respective supervisors who will get them examined immediately and provide them proper medical treatment in the hospital. He also admits that novel coronavirus has made more locals aware about hygiene and sanitation of their surroundings. Speaking about the learning experience for MCD from the Covid-19 pandemic, he said that this pandemic taught everyone how important regular sterilisation and cleanliness of public places is. It is crucial to sanitise the places like electricity and water bill payment offices, ATM booths and banks where there is the maximum risk of infection due to the transaction of money. Every ward is provided with sufficient disinfectant and equipment for fogging and sanitisation as the malaria and dengue season is approaching too, he added.
Monday, 18 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun