Since the inception of Swaach Bharat Abhiyan, there has been tremendous competition among the cities of India in the race to cleanliness. Itanagar is no way behind too, after faring dismal low in the beginning, the much needed improvement has been observed off late , which is the need of the hour. Kudos to The Deputy Commissioner , Capital Complex , Itanagar Municipal Council and the participating NGOs and the common denizens of the twin city.
Having said that, at the cost of smart and clean Naharlagun and Itanagar, a beautiful village with a thin population of mere 5000 is at the receiving end of tons of waste generated in twin city. The lives of hard working farmers and daily wage labourers of Karsingsa Village are at stake. The illegal and unplanned dumping of tons of non- biodegradable and poisonous waste at Karsingsa Dumping site has created a havoc in the life of poor villagers.
Haphazard burning of untreated waste has reportedly affected the quality of crops and there have been several reports of loss of life of cattle due to consumption of plastics and other poisonous substances. The continuous burning of plastics has degraded the quality of air which poses a serious threat to new born babies, women and adults unlike. Moreover the dumping site is giving a bad look to any tourist coming from Banderdewa.
Therefore, it is my earnest request to the concerned authorities to look into the grievances of poor villagers and find a suitable land elsewhere so that we are not forced to impose blanket ban on dumping of waste.