SRINAGAR: Over last one and an half year Station Headquarters Cell, Srinagar has made a multidimensional effort towards environment conservation making Badami Bagh Cantonment an ‘Environment Friendly Cantonment’. The revamped waste disposal management ensures segregation of biodegradable and non biodegradable wastes at collection points and employment of ecological friendly methods for waste degradation.
Badami Bagh Cantonment has also been declared as ‘Plastic Free Zone’. Awareness campaigns are conducted to educate the populace about the harmful effects of non-biodegradable plastic waste on the environment, if not disposed properly.
In quest towards an environment friendly Cantonment, the first ever endeavour in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to gainfully manage the leaf fall during the autumn has taken shape in form of a ‘Leaf Compost Farm’ developed in the cantonment. The leaves and other horticulture waste previously being burnt now decompose into manure naturally without using chemicals. This prevents environment pollution and assists in enhancing soil nutrition value. In the leaf compost farm both hot (anaerobic) and cold (aerobic) process of composting are being used to decompose leaf and horticultural waste into manure.
The natural lakes within the Cantonment have been cleaned and de-silted restoring the natural beauty of by gone years. The effort has brought back the migratory birds visiting these lakes to enjoy the pristine green environment.
This is just the beginning of a long journey towards ‘Green Cantonment’. More projects such as installation of plants to convert garbage and night soil into natural gas are in the pipeline. Brigadier Kuldeep Singh, the Station Commander Badami Bagh Cantonment is monitoring the progress of these dream projects closely.