HYDERABAD: The GHMC continues to use a park as a garbage segregation unit despite having a designated dump yard in the vicinity. A set of documents from Ranga Reddy collectorate shows that Vattinagulapally in Gandipet mandal has a notified piece ofland which could be used as a garbage transfer station to the one in Nallagandla, which is right in the centre of a residential area.
In the document, dated June 4, 2017, the place is listed along with six others in the Gandipet mandal which could have the proposed dump site. The Vattinagulapally site is over 2 km from any habitation and is suitable to be a dumping yard, states the document. It also specifies the gram panchayat has made an agreement with ITC Ltd for processing and recycling plastic in the area.
This new revelation has irked residents in Nallagandla who are fighting a battle with the GHMC to shift the Nallagandla garbage station. “We can't understand why the GHMC is still insisting on encroaching a park and making it a permanent waste processing unit,” said Mr Vivek Anand Pandey, a resident of Nallagandla. “Nobody would want garbage to be handled in their backyard. We are attempting to make the process as scientific as possible,” said GHMC west zone commissioner Harichandana D., when asked about the new site.
She said the GHMC was waiting for a notification from the revenue department to permit the use of the land at Vattinagulapally for a garbage station. The waste from the entire circle is at present being sent to the Madhapur segregation unit.
Officials plan to set up a transfer unit with dry waste collection centre and with a composting pit with a dehumidifier to curtail any odour at Nallagandla. This transfer unit has come under the radar of the Pollution Control Board, which issued notices to the GHMC to follow solid waste management rules.
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