Solid-waste management has become an important issue in India, and it needs to be resolved through an integrated community, private-sector, and policy-based approach. Roorkee, which was named the cleanest city of Uttarakhand in this year’s Swachh Survekshan Survey, is grappling with the problem of solid waste treatment. Residents claim that even though there are garbage collection points, the trash is hardly ever shifted from the spots. Besides, one can easily spot litter on the streets. Municipal authorities said they had sent a proposal for a solid waste treatment plant to the government and were waiting for a nod from the government.
The Roorkee Municipal Corporation (RMC) has around 25 bigha land at Saliyar village, near Roorkee, where the city’s waste is dumped. The civic body said it had sent a detailed project report (DPR) with a tentative budget of Rs 24 lakh for building a solid waste treatment plant. “As soon as the model code of conduct is lifted, action on our DPR will be taken. We hope to have a solid waste treatment system in two to three months,” said Dr Vikrant Sirohi, health officer of the RMC.
Roorkee has over 40 garbage collection points. The city, which has a population of 1.25 lakh, generates more than 104 metric tonnes of garbage daily. The RMC, responsible for the city’s cleanliness, has one truck, five tractor- trolleys, 25 small trucks, apart from 500 sanitation workers.