The only project proposed and approved by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation following the controversial study tour of councillors and officials to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands last year has failed to take off.
In September last year, the MC house had passed a proposal to implement a pilot project for household waste segregation in Sector 40 after studying a similar project in Port Blair.
Under the programme, colour-specific biodegradable bags were to be provided to the residents to segregate the household waste into degradable and recyclable waste before disposal. Coloured dustbins were also proposed to be installed in the sectors.
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Seven months on, the project, which was to be replicated all over the city if successful, is yet to see the light of day. An official said it was never implemented due to lack of feasibility. Deputy Mayor Gurbax Rawat, who had proposed the project, said that she still hoped to get it implemented.
In her proposal, Rawat had said, “As per a recent study on behalf of the corporation, I have identified a waste management programme recently introduced by the civic body in Port Blair which offers a sustainable approach to urban waste management. In our city, the household waste generated is not segregated prior to disposal which causes the problem of poor sanitation.’’
“So, a strategy should be implemented in residential areas, shops and government offices as a pilot project in Sector 40 by providing biodegradable bags of different colours to all households,” she said.
The proposal further said green bags would be provided for disposal of organic waste while yellow bags for recyclable waste, including plastic, glass and metal. “MC should also install similarly coloured garbage bins in the localities,” it said.
Rawat said the project failed to take off because the sanitation officials were supposed to carry out a survey in the sector to study its feasibility. “I have raised the issue in the sanitation committee, but the implementation can only be done by the officials. You must talk to the medical officer of health,” she said.
Medical officer health (MOH) P S Bhatti said, “I cannot recall any such project, but I will look it up.”
Another MOH official said, “We talked to the door-to-door garbage collectors and asked them to distribute the bags to the residents and then collect them accordingly. However, they refused to do so. Since they are not MC employees, we could not force them to do so.”
Rajpal, a door-to-door garbage collector, said, “Several months ago, an official visited us and told us that we would have to distribute bags of different colours among the residents and ask them to segregate the waste in the bags. However, the official never returned for any subsequent meeting.”