Permanent landfill becomes crucial with surge in capital population

ISLAMABAD: With a surge in Islamabad’s population during the last decade, the need for a permanent landfill site has increased manifold for scientific disposal of tonnes of garbage being generated in the federal capital daily and dumped under a temporary arrangement in the I-12 sector.

To the surprise of many, the capital city has been lacking a permanent landfill site since its inception in 1967 and plan for its development in past could not be materialized for one reason or another.

During the past, the civic agencies including CDA and Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) have selected multiple sites like Kurri landfill and others but unfortunately all kind of waste is still being stashed in sector I-12 where the citizens are bearing the brunt of that makeshift arrangement.

“Yes, the city has been deprived of a permanent landfill for the last several decades and this time also some miscreants are making all-out efforts to disrupt our plan of setting up a landfill on scientific pattern near Sangjani,” CDA Director Sanitation Department Sardar Khan Zimri said while talking to APP.

He said the development of scientific landfill near Sangjani was an initiative of paramount importance for people of Islamabad as its population had doubled in the last two decades.

The Director said his department was forced to dispose of the trash in residential area due to absence of a permanent facility.

He said in present times, there was a dire need for ensuring proper disposal of solid waste in the capital city to ensure clean and green environment under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision.

At least 600 tonnes of garbage was being generated in the capital city on daily basis, he added. He maintained that the site proposed by CDA near Sangjani was a deserted land not ‘green one’, alleging that some vested interests were resisting the initiative with no solid reason to contest against the initiative. - APP ���������������������������������������������������������������������������