To deal with the huge volume of garbage produced by towns and cities, an
eminent environmental activist of Assam has emphasizes on promoting
Aashim K Chatterjee, who strongly opposes the open burning of garbage,
argued that the practice could help curbing level of pollution in the
Attending a programme recently on in Guwahati Press Club, Chatterjee
pointed out that the increase of dioxin in the air was because of open
burning of various wastes that invited a number of cancerous diseases to
the human health system.
He also asserted that the “waste which cannot be reused, recycled, or
composted cleanly, should be land-filled rather than incinerated as it
would help in lesser release of dioxin to the environment.” The dioxin
is a nomenclature given to a large group of chemical compounds with
similar structure those are made up of Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen and
“Burning of municipal waste, bio-medical waste, backyard blazing and
automobile emissions continue to contribute to the release of dioxin
into the environment, which is feared as one of the most common and
causative agents of cancer,” said Chatterjee, who is considered an
expert in waste management process for more than a decade now. “We are
exposed to dioxin through the air that we breathe.
The pollutants in the air carry large amounts of it which could target
us at any given instance. Hence we must limit its release into the
environment,” said the activist.
The statistics of cancer patients in Assam was the highest in Northeast
India. According to a list prepared in 2011-2012 by the activist, Assam
had 4443 cancer patients followed by Meghalaya with 101 cases.
The other states of the region had less than hundred reported cancer
patients. Nagaland had 84, Arunachal Pradesh 65, Mizoram 59, Manipur 38
and Tripura had the lowest of 14 cases.
Chatterjee has been on a mission to generate public awareness on the
growing menace of air, water and surface pollution across the region by
imparting training, technical knowhow and waste management services to a
large number of hospitals in Assam.
He also stressed on the strict implementation of legislations with an aim to curb the menace of dioxin.