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Like urban spaces, waste collection mechanism in rural areas is need of the hour

Post by on Saturday, June 25, 2022

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Solid waste management in rural areas is a key issue in developing and transitioning countries due to the lack of proper waste management facilities and services. So far, the Bandipora District is concerned, the environment is degrading too fast and our surroundings are getting filled with waste particularly with non-biodegradable waste be it lush green forests or clean water streams flowing from the mountains running through various villages.The villages in Bandipora are facing the menace of solid and liquid waste and due to unavailability of any services from government this issue remains unaddressed.The Rural Development Department in District can play a vital role with the active participation of local inhabitants of villages to deal with the menace of solid waste in rural areas. Swachh Bharat Mission guidelines had a clear policy on solid liquid waste management in rural areas at Halka Panchayat level. Many villages in Bandipora had been converted into garbage dumping sites filled with heaps of wastes. Majority of canals and streams have been chocked with polythene and solid waste which ultimately pollutes major water bodies.The Rural Development Department Bandipora must expand its role in villages with respect to rural sanitation, Rural Sanitation is not only limited to construction of drains, Individual latrines and cleaning of streams under MGNERGA but we must strive for the permanent solutions. Today we can clean a stream tomorrow it will get filled with polythene and other waste again.There must be some mechanism of waste collection too in case of villages as we have in towns. Awareness camps must be organized at village level to inculcate the sense of civic sense among people regarding Rural Sanitation and funds must be allocated for waste collection and segregation and safe disposal of household garbage at village level.Panchyats can play leading role to make their villages neat and clean if steps will be taken with good intentions to make our canals and streams safe and clean again especially Wular lake which is struggling to survive. 

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