GUWAHATI: As of now, there is no chance of shifting the waste dumping ground presently located at Boragaon. However, recommendations made by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur to adopt a scientific waste recycling method has been under consideration, said the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) on Thursday.
Notably, as requested by the GMC, the Revenue Department earlier allotted two possible sites for dumping garbage – one at Sapaidang and another at Bonda. However, due to stiff resistance made by the local residents in both the allotted sites, GMC had to abandon the shifting plan. Moreover, following the controversy emerged in accordance with the allotted sites; the Revenue Department has not allotted newer sites till date.
As such, the GMC appointed IIT-Kharagpur as a consultant for a study on scientific waste management following which the recommendation was made which has been undergoing examinations on its feasibility.
It must be mentioned here that a number of environmentalists, civil bodies have been appealing the government to shift the dumping ground from Boragaon alleging that the garbage disposed of at Boragaon has been polluting and intoxicating the water at Dipor Bil. Dipor Bil is one of the recognized wetlands recognized by the Ramsar Convention as a Ramsar Site for undertaking conservation measures on the basis of its biological and environmental importance.
Presently, around 500 metric ton of garbage is produced a day in Guwahati out of which 20% is of plastic waste.