Telangana shows the way in capping waste

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The Jawaharnagar dumpyard in Hyderabad where waste is being capped — in a first in the country. — Photo: Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: The unique initiative of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in capping waste at the Jawaharnagar dumpyard is being appreciated by many, with West Bengal Municipal Administration and Urban Development Principal Secretary Subrata Gupta being the latest to be impressed with the work.

Gupta, along with GHMC Additional Commissioner (Sanitation) Sandeep Kumar Jha and other senior officials from the municipal corporation, visited the dumpyard on Friday. He said it was an extraordinary effort by the Telangana government and all measures would be taken up to replicate the project in West Bengal.

During the inspection, which went on for over four hours, officials gave a presentation to Gupta on the capping works and explained the status of the task. The municipal corporation is also taking up leachate treatment, a first in the country, GHMC Executive Engineer R Srinivas Reddy said.

GHMC commenced the capping works at the dumpyard in March and completed the first layer of soil capping covering 130 acres in about four months. The second layer will begin in October after the monsoon. The entire capping with seven layers is expected to be completed by April next year in tune with the target set by the State government.

The first layer was completed with a 1-ft thick soil capping on the accumulated garbage site, spread over 330 acres. Nearly 4.5 lakh tonnes of soil was used to cover the garbage with a single layer. With rains lashing the city, green nets were laid on the soil layer to arrest erosion. The idea is to minimise soil erosion and seepage of water into the garbage dump.