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Waste management system non-existent in the city!

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Mumbai was gasping for breath last week as the fire at the Deonar dumping ground which burnt furiously for five days had the entire city in a thick film of smog and smoke. Asthmatic and people with lung diseases found it difficult to breathe and chest related diseases are bound to rise according to top chest physicians of the city who had a sea of patients at their clinics last week.

Waste management system is practically non-existent in the city where garbage is actually burnt instead of being converted into manure and bio-gas which is being done in the rest of the world. The garbage that is burnt which causes environment pollution can actually be used for beneficial purpose and most of us are not even aware of it. The organic food waste which is wet garbage that includes tea leaves, fruit peels etc can be converted into manure by a simple procedure of composting which can even be done in our homes if people are informed about the procedure. This means we need not even throw this garbage in dustbins and manure produced in our own homes can be used in our own flower pots at home. The machinery to convert waste into bio-gas too is simple and cheap and such gas produced can be converted into energy to fuel street-lights thus lighting the entire city which otherwise (burnt garbage) cause environmental and health issues for the city. Time for our elected representatives to get into action and put the waste management system of the city on track so that we can breathe fresh air in the days to come.

S.N. Kabra

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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