The garbage dump of the Municipal Corporation on Tajpur road is not just heaps of garbage spread over the dumpsite area,but goes 22 feet deep into the ground. The garbage has been dumped without making any landfills and is thus polluting the groundwater of the area. This has been revealed by the staff of A to Z company which is busy conducting garbage collection from a few select wards of the city. The company is to start solid waste management project with a cost of Rs 108 crore to treat the garbage,however looking at the depth of the garbage dump,they are expected to raise the project cost by a few more crores.
S S Sekhon,former Director of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) and currently working with A to Z company said,We are surprised to see the depth of the garbage at the dump site. We will have to clear all the garbage from the dump site so as to clear about 20 acres of land to set up the solid waste management plant. Looking at the problems of the dump site,the project cost will add up by a few crores.
He did rule out the possibility of ground water contamination because of garbage dumped at such a depth. The garbage dump has existed at the site for more than 10 years.
Meanwhile as per the earlier project agreement,the company had proceeded to do door-to-door collection of garbage,which was taken to the dump site for processing,however after protest by class four employees,the company is now taking garbage from collection points only where the bins have been placed.
Sekhon said,So far the work has been started on 21 wards of zone D and we have placed about 280 bins at various spots where the workers put the garbage and our vehicles collect it. As of now we are collecting about 200 tons of garbage but are having teething problems as we are not doing direct collection.
The company had an aim to make the city bin free. Employees of A to Z revealed that the class four employees add trouble for the private company by spilling garbage on the approach road of dump sites. Sekhon said that their cumulative loss because of lack of collection of garbage from houses is about Rs 5 lakh a month.