Waste management remains as dismal as ever
SOLID wastes rotting on roads and alleys in different parts of the capital Dhaka, as mentioned in a New Age report on Tuesday, continue to cause public nuisance in general and health hazards and environment pollution in particular. According to the report, nearly 1,500 tonnes of solid wastes are left uncollected by the Dhaka South City Corporation and the Dhaka North City Corporation everyday and are mostly either dumped in open spaces, including the banks of the Buriganga or channelled through drains and canals into the rivers surrounding the city. Such means of garbage disposal also contributes to water-logging, a perennial problem that has haunted city dwellers for long. Meanwhile, both the corporations have put their waste disposal containers alongside different roads in a way that the bins continue to hinder pedestrian movement. Pedestrians have to ‘face severe problem because of the reek of scattered wastes’ by the bins. What is worrisome is that, as the managing director of Health and Hope Hospital pointed out, the unattended wastes might be a source of infectious and even epidemic diseases. Additionally, they might cause people to suffer from gastrointestinal upset, hepatitis and dysentery, while children coming into close contact with such wastes might suffer from chronic fever, diarrhoea, vertigo, typhoid, etc.
It may be worthy to note that in the wake of media reports about the poor waste management over the years in the capital and growing demand raised by the green activists in particular for effective steps to address the challenge, both the corporations have recently introduced some modern equipment to their waste management wings. However, it seems, they have miles to go before they can effectively and completely rid the city of the problem. In the first place, they have to come out of their indifference about introducing an environmentally friendly waste management system. Moreover, the inadequacy in their manpower and logistics needs to be addressed for successfully dealing with wastes — household, industrial and medical, the quantity of which, again, is on the rise with the total area of city as well as its population increasing every year. In fact, it is the government that needs to come forward without any delay. While it can provide the corporations with whatever necessary to effectively manage city wastes, it needs to make the latter end their general apathy to public interests at large.
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