horticultural waste disposal in parks remains a hot issue | Ludhiana News

Ludhiana: The practice of setting fire to horticultural waste is still widespread in Ludhiana despite directives issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against it.
One such case occurred at Leisure Valley in BRS Nagar, where employees working with the MC were seen setting dry leaves and other horticultural waste on fire in broad daylight on Thursday. This valley was developed by Ludhiana Improvement Trust, which also maintains it.
Two activists Kapil Arora and Jaskirat Singh highlighted the act by posting a video on social media where they could be seen arguing with the employees who set the waste on fire. It appeared that the person who was deployed by the contractor had instructed employees to set the waste on fire, they claimed.
Kapil Arora, a resident of BRS Nagar, said: “It has become standard practice for sweepers to simply pick up horticultural waste and then set it on fire. This recreation valley aims to provide a healthy environment for walkers, but on the contrary these employees give them a polluted environment. He said they also raised the issue earlier and will continue to do the same in the future.
Jaskirat Singh, a resident of Model Town, said: “It was only when we opposed the act that the contractor’s employee poured water on the burning leaves. Instead of transporting the waste for disposal, employees simply burn the waste. He said this not only happens with horticultural waste, but household waste also suffers the same fate. “It’s dangerous for residents because the smoke coming out of the dry leaves can increase the health risks for heart and asthma patients who are already at risk in winter,” he said.
LIT Executive Engineer Jagdev Singh said: “I am not aware of any such practice being adopted in Leisure Valley, but I will investigate the matter so that it is not repeated in the future. ”
WCC files complaint against LIT officials
The Council of Engineers raised this issue with the Chief Secretary and called for action against the officials. They claimed that there are penalties for people who burn garbage.
Kripal Singh, a junior engineer from MC, said: “We also learned of the incident and also visited the Leisure Valley. I asked the contractor’s employees to create a compost pit in the park for the disposal of horticultural waste.
MC recommends FIR in case of damage to trees
After WCC members raised the issue of three damaged trees in a park in BRS Nagar, MC’s horticultural branch filed a complaint with Sarabha Nagar Police Station, recommending registration of an FIR in the case.
Compost pits
The National Green Tribunal had clearly stated that horticultural waste should not be part of other waste and that it should be disposed of in parks by creating pits. MC has therefore already created 570 compost pits in the parks under its jurisdiction. JE Kripal Singh said he had little information about the compost pits in LIT or GLADA parks.