Shillong: A wall of opposition is what the Meghalaya government has been dealing with over the last few months trying to solve the issue of waste disposal management and identifying a new landfill in Jowai, West Jaintia Hills District.

Getting villagers to agree to allow a landfill to be setup at the identified location has been an arduous task for the government.

Jowai MLA Wailadmiki Shylla on Tuesday said they have been working tirelessly to identify a new landfill site but they have been met with stiff opposition from the people.

MLA Shylla said due to the opposition, he has decided not to divulge any details of the new landfill site that they have identified. “If I give details of the location then again the people will make their own assumptions,” the MLA said.

He also stated that with the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council having its own land, the government is exploring that section too.

Asked the reason behind the opposition from the people, the MLA said the people outside of Jowai feel that the waste being disposed is of the residents of Jowai alone.

“They don’t realise that this waste is also from markets and other areas, which means that people from outside Jowai contribute equally to the waste,” Shylla added.

Though an awareness programme is being carried out to educate the people, till date this has brought no solution.

The current situation at Iawmusiang is that heaps of garbage is just piling up. The Jowai Municipal Board (JMB) has also stopped collecting garbage after Mynkjai residents protested against the dumping of garbage at Mynkjai, complaining about the impact it has on the environment and the health of the residents.

Meanwhile, Dorbar Shnong Tympang Iawmusiang in Jowai has suggested the district administration to continue to use the Mynkjai dumping site in Amlarem to dispose the accumulated waste from Iawmusiang.

It has given the government an ultimatum of three days and if failing to do so they will be compelled to take strict actions.

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