As we celebrate World Health Day on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year will be due to environmental causes.
Not surprising, that the WHO has dedicated this year to ‘Our Planet, Our Health’ to keep humans and planet healthy and create societies focussed on well-being.
Across the world, over 90% people breathe unhealthy air as a result of burning of fossil fuels.
For the people of Dadu Majra in Punjab it’s the dumping ground
which is the cause for the foul air they breathe.
The waste mountain at 7.67 lakh metric tonne has been the bane for the nearby residents who have for the last few years petitioned the government to listen to their woes. Now work is underway to reclaim this land.
According to a recent news report published in Tribune India, the dumpin
ground will be cleared in about four years.
The tendering process for clearing the land will be done by this month and the bioremediation of the waste will be carried in the next four years. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has taken the responsibility and has earmarked Rs 28.02 crore for the same.
The Muncipal Corporation is also setting up a leachate-treatment plant
by next month. The leachate has been a major trouble, especially during
the rainy season.