Nagpur: The temporary Bhandewadi Dumping area, without any apposite process, has been declared permanent, causing Water, air and soil pollution in the landfill. As a resultant of this scenario, people residing in the nearby areas are coerced to put up with not only stench and contaminated water, but several health problems as well.
To raise the issue, a delegation, under the leadership of Advocate H.C. Sharma and Ansar Shaikh, had approached the concerned officers. However, as usual, no action has been taken yet. It is now being hinted that the matter may soon be taken to court for solution.
The Dumping Yard was set up decades ago at Bhandewadi situated the far end of East Nagpur. At that time, the Dumping Yard used to be outskirts of the city. But the boom in city’s population and subsequent setting up of authorised-unauthorised colonies around the Dumping Yard brought it within the bustling city. The colonies are abode of 7000-8000 residents mainly the daily wagers.
“Ideally, the garbage dumping in the yard should have been ’interim’. The disposed wastes were to be treated with required measures. The same is, however, being done only with the medical wastes. The other waste materials keep on mounting in gigantic piles without any treatment”, said Sharma. “Hardly 10 tons of garbage is being properly disposed, the remaining continues to pollute the land, water and air”, he added.
Sharma has also stated that the land, air and water pollution levels in the vicinity of dumping yard must be monitored for pollutant levels. “If the pollution content is high, proper steps must be taken in regard of the issue”, demanded Sharma.
The problems of the residents are increasing with every passing day as the piles of garbage become higher. They are vulnerable to several health hazards in near future if no action is taken. Even as the residents complained about the unhygienic surroundings, the local administration continues to add to their agony by dumping lorry-loads of garbage in the yard.