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Garbage fumes: South Kolkata gasps for breath

KOLKATA: Fumes from rubbish set on fireplace had been troubling spaces near the Dhapa dumping ground for long. And now, the problem has travelled additional south to plague citizens of Ajoynagar and Survey Park.

One such spot where burning rubbish has been developing air pollution is near the under-construction Satyajit Ray Metro station, by way of the facet of the provider highway adjacent to Chhayanat Cooperative of Calcutta Greens. On Sunday, rubbish used to be set on fireplace round midday and the locals had to name the fireplace brigade to douse the flames. “This position has been an entire nuisance for the remaining six months. Apart from developing toxic fumes, the fireplace also broken relatively a few bushes. We had to name the fireplace brigade to douse the fireplace,” stated Utpal Banerjee, a neighborhood who has been living at Chhayanat Cooperative housing since 2005.


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“The roadside eateries steadily sell off waste like thermocol plates after which set them on fireplace. Not best on Sunday, rubbish is steadily set on fireplace right here. The subject has been knowledgeable to the local civic authorities but now not much has took place so far,” Banerjee complained.

Ward 109 councillor Ananya Banerjee claimed rubbish used to be cleared from maximum puts in her area on a regular basis. “Garbage is cleared by way of KMC up to possible each day. However, there are some puts where waste is dumped on the roadside or in vacant plots,” she stated.

According to inexperienced activist Subhas Dutta, this can be a downside in many puts across the town. “The practice of burning dumped rubbish poses a health risk as setting materials like plastic or thermocol turns the air toxic,” he stated.

JU professor Sadhan Ghosh, who may be the president of International Society of Waste Management, Air and Water, stated that except a few KMC wards, waste segregation and assortment used to be now not carried out properly. “The best answer is to introduce the method of segregated waste assortment” he stated.

According to the necessities of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, all citizens’ welfare and marketplace associations, gated communities and institutions with greater than 5,000sq. area must make sure that segregation of waste at supply and facilitate collection of waste in separate streams in partnership with the local body.

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