Dibrugarh, Oct. 6: The Dibrugarh Municipal Board has selected a landfill site near Ghoramora Gaon for mechanical disposal of solid waste.
The site at Thakurthan (Ghoramora Gaon), about 5km from the municipal boundary, is a low-lying area bounded by a tea estate and the Sessa river and has an area of about 27 hectares.
The board has carried out detailed subsoil investigation, contour survey but assessment regarding the environmental and social acceptability of the site is yet to be made owing to the presence of a school and a waterbody near the site.
The site was acquired by the district administration and handed over to the municipal board on August 8 last year. A 100 metric tonne-processing plant and 60MT landfill site and allied work are being done under the Assam urban infrastructure investment programme. The project, to cost Rs 30 crore, will be financed by the Asian Development Bank. The procurement of equipment for primary and secondary collection of waste and transportation vehicles will also be taken up under the project.
“A couple of projects did not materialise earlier on account of official formalities and red tape. With this project, we plan to make Dibrugarh free of stench and garbage,” said Chandra Kanta Baruah, the board chairman.
There is no formal door-to-door waste collection system in Dibrugarh. Waste is disposed of at roadside bins. Except in the main market, solid waste collection is not regular and wastes are not segregated at source. Solid waste is collected from the bins by trailers connected to tractors. The collected waste is subsequently transported to an open dumping site on the bank of the Brahmaputra at Maizan Road.
“The earlier site had to be closed down after the Assam State Pollution Control Board issued a notice for immediate closure because the waste reached the river and also percolated into the ground water,” said Baruah.
According to the 2001 census, the total population of Dibrugarh masterplan area is 1,90,421, with a population of 1,37,879 in the municipal board area and the rest of the area having a population of 52,542, in a total area of 66.14 square km.
“Solid waste management is a laudable step taken up by the municipal board. Segregation of biodegradable waste can be used as manure or bio-fertiliser and non-degradable waste like plastic can be used to prevent riverbank erosion. The mechanical disposal of waste will also provide relief to workers who collect waste and rag-pickers,” said D.K. Bhuyan, principal, MDK College.