The stink surrounding the non-disposal of garbage in Jowai took another turn today, with the Synjuk Ki Waheh Shnong Jowai hitting out against the villages and pressure groups whose opposition to the dumping of garbage from the town has caused the piling up of waste in the West Jaiñtia Hills headquarters.
The Synjuk decided at the meeting that people from villages including Mupyut, Moosakhia, Umsalang, Madantyrpait, Shkenpyrsit, Muphlang, Pynthor Langteiñ, Samanong, Mustem, the Khasi Students Union (KSU) War Jaiñtia Circle and members of the Synjuk ki Waheh Shnong War Jaiñtia, who are all opposed to dumping of the garbage at Mynkjai, will not be allowed to come to Jowai.
Residents from the villages are opposed to the Jowai Municipal Board’s dumping of garbage at Mynkjai. The KSU unit had supported the villagers in this. The residents refused to countenance any further garbage disposal at the site because the JMB, they said, had failed in constructing a retaining wall at the dump site to keep the garbage from overflowing and ruining their villages.
The JMB then attempted to find other options, like getting rid of the garbage in Marten (which serves Shillong) and even an abandoned coal mine in East Jaiñtia Hills, but all these ideas came to nought.
Today the association of Jowai headmen carried out a protest march throughout the town against the piling up of garbage and issued a quit notice to the villages and the KSU.
Synjuk president Alan Niangti also informed that the body has also decided to withdraw its support to the district administration with regards to Covid-19 work. The headmen will also not participate in Sunday’s Independence Day celebration.