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DC Tuensang visits dumping site

DC Tuensang visits dumping site
DC Tuensang visiting the dumping site on Tuesday.
Correspondent KIPHIRE, OCT 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/23/2019 12:02:31 PM IST

Even as 2019 marks the threshold year for realising the vision of the nationwide Swaach Bharat Abhiyan, waste disposal in Tuensang town continues to be in a perpetual dilemma. 

It may be mentioned that the present waste dumping site located along the National Highway 202 is in a horrible state with absolutely no permanent structure whatsoever for effective waste management. Not only does it sorely irritate the senses of visitors and locals alike, the unplanned and haphazard nature of waste dumping presents a critical prognosis against realising a state of sustainable environmental health. 
In this regard, the deputy commissioner (DC) along with a host of officials including the additional deputy commissioner HQ, chief medical officer, urban development officer, EAC (Development), EAC (Sadar), two NCS probationers and representatives from Tuensang Village, C  Khel, held an emergency meeting at the DC’s office chamber and paid a visit to the site to take physical stock of the situation on October 22. 
Tonnes of waste generated on a daily basis are being haphazardly dumped at the site, right in the middle of which runs a stream thereby posing a serious environmental and health hazard.
All sorts of waste ranging from automobile and industrial waste to domestic household waste are being haphazardly dumped at the site. Rampant burning of the waste is polluting both the surround atmosphere and the water running through the stream. Being geographically hilly terrain water is a scarce resource; every river or stream is a significant source for this elixir of life. However, due to the present dumping site being located right upon its path, the natural spring water is being polluted right. This poses the hazardous risk of biological magnification of lethal contaminants in the organisms downstream, thereby threatening to destroy the entire river ecosystem downstream.
While a concerted effort on sensitization regarding efficient waste management is forthcoming, shifting of this dumping site to an alternate location is an urgent requirement. Immediate shifting of this dumping site could perhaps help reclaim and restore the site and especially the stream of natural stream before it is critically damaged beyond repair. In this regard, an alternative site has also been identified and acquired to shift the waste dumping site from its present location. 
However, nothing much has happened beyond this with regards to preparation of the identified site to accommodate adequate infrastructure for effective waste management and disposal. A proposal was sent to the state government in regard to this back in 2017, however the matter has been under process for over two years and which remains so to this day.

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