The fast accumulating uncollected garbage generated from the state capital Kohima seemed to be compelling the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) to introduce sanitation tax.
Acknowledging the criticisms and exasperation of Kohima citizens at the deplorably unclean condition of the town, the KMC administrator Alun Hangsing said Kohima generates about 45 to 50 tons of garbage everyday of which only 50% was being collected by the KMC despite providing sanitary services for six days a week in all weather conditions.
This has resulted in the accumulation of about 175 tons of backlog garbage in a week and 700 tons monthly, he said.
The KMC said reason for the failure of the sanitation branch to collect the remaining 50% of garbage was due to existing resources overwhelmed by the staggering amount of waste produced.
Hangsing said that stop gap measures would temporarily alleviate the piling up of garbage but the foul and fetid crisis of accumulated backlog would keep recurring every 2-3 weeks.
Moreover, the present arrangement of free services with an undermanned workforce and machineries is untenable and cannot be sustained by any agency over a long period of time, he stated.
In this regard, the KMC sought the cooperation and civic responsibility of the citizen through more participatory role in the upkeep of hygiene and environment in their respective locality and also to be aware and receptive that taxation for managing wastes would be implemented sooner rather than later.