Having identified that most of the puja waste dumped into the Yamuna is ‘green waste’, the capital’s premier land-owning agency is in the process of setting up a re-cycling plant along the river belt. The department also plans to put up wire mesh along the bridges on the river to prevent passersby from dumping waste into the river.
For re-cycling the waste, the department is considering installing containers along the bridges where the puja waste may be dumped and then transported to the re-cycling unit.
The move comes after an order by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in March this year directing authorities to clean up the river and disallow debris of construction waste and puja material from being discarded into the river which has left it polluted.
Senior DDA officials said an expression of interest seeking agencies to come forth and set up a recycling plant has already been issued.
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“Once the agency is finalised, a plant will be set up in the vicinity of the river belt. An assessment of the waste being dumped has revealed that most of the puja waste at least is green waste and can be easily recycled. Therefore, for this we will install containers along the bridges where people can dump the debris which will then be segregated and re-cycled,” DDA Vice Chairman Balwinder Kumar said.
Not only this, since there are only about five to six occasions when puja waste is dumped into the river throughout the year, for the plant to function the year round, the department plans to use the services of the unit agency to collect green waste from all parks owned by the DDA and recycle them as well in the same plant.
Officials also said that to prevent trucks and tempos from dumping their construction waste into the river, the department is mulling constructing trenches along the river bank so that the river becomes inaccessible.
“Our consultant has already filed an interim assessment report on the project. A detailed project report is in the process of being prepared.
The report has revealed that passersby stop their vehicles in the middle of the six bridges across the river and dump their waste. There are also complaints that the existing wire mesh have been tampered with and torn to allow the waste to be dumped. We will at first repair the damaged wire mesh, install more along the bridges,” an official said.
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