The solid waste management system in the modern city of Chandigarh needs overhauling by changing the solid waste management system that can turn liability of waste into an asset to make Chandigarh a model city in waste management as well.
An international expert on solid waste management from US,Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia who has submitted a proposal in this regard to Chandigarh Municipal Corporation opined that solid waste could be collected from the source and then taken straight to the Processing Plant. Chandigarh generates about 400 tonnes of solid waste a day or 12,000 tonnes per month. Pollution free environment could lead to more flow of FDI into the country,he felt.
He said that Chandigarh being a landlocked city,having little space to spare for a dumping ground,there was need change the entire system. At the current rate,Chandigarh would need 10 acres of land year after year for solid waste which it could not afford. Dr.Bhatia said that the process involved five stages-collection of 100 per cent waste,transportation,segregation,disposal and finally conversion. Covered vehicles could collect garbage and take it to the Processing Plant. There is a need to launch awareness campaigns.
Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia who is Managing Director of 3R Environmental Systems Private Limited said that a country of the magnitude of India had only about just 15 waste management plants. His company has worked in over a dozen countries in similar projects.
He said that globally people adopted any system for two reasons-fear and greed. The government and civic bodies should impose heavy penalties on those who litter in the open and incentives to those who segregate waste into green waste,plastic waste and so on to facilitate recycling.