Bioremediation yet to begin

07/03/2018

Despite explicit directions from the Division Bench of the State High Court, bioremediation of garbage dumping site at Bhagwati Nagar near River Tawi has yet not been started by the Jammu Municipal Corporation as a result of which swarming birds continue to pose threat to the aircrafts operating from Jammu Airport. Moreover, no headway has been made on setting up of Solid Waste Management Plant at a site near KotBhalwal, which has now been chosen for dumping of waste. In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the Division Bench of the State High Court had on December 20, 2017 issued direction for stoppage of dumping of solid waste at Bhagwati Nagar keeping in view threat being posed by the swarming birds to the aircrafts operating from Jammu Airport and in order to check further pollution of River Tawi.
It is pertinent to mention here that bioremediation is a waste management technique that involves the use of organisms to remove or neutralize pollutants from a contaminated site. Due to bioremediation, bio-degradable waste gets completely destroyed and paves the way for easy segregation/collection of non-biodegradable material. However, the Jammu Municipal Corporation has yet not taken a final decision about start of bioremediation exercise although meeting in this regard was held with the Pollution Control Board.
No doubt the garbage dumping site has been shifted from near the airport and River Tawi but swarming of birds will come to an end only when the bioremediation exercise is completed and the birds are still being attracted by the garbage dumped over the years thereby continuously posing threat to the aircrafts operating from Jammu Airport. JMC had floated tender for setting up of Solid Waste Management Plant on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode but the process failed to yield the desirable results because of certain tough conditions. None of the participants could fulfill the conditions laid down by the JMC.

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