Miss Jharkhand walks on a rubbish heap in Ranchi to get the attention of the government

Miss Jharkhand walks on a rubbish heap in Ranchi to get the attention of the government

A video showing model Surbhie, who was crowned Miss Jharkhand in 2020, walking on a landfill is going viral on social media. His photos and videos on top of a mountain of garbage in Ranchi are part of a project with photographer Pranjal Kumar, who wants to highlight the garbage crisis in India. Kumar shared a video showing Surbhie walking past a garbage heap in Jhiri, where the municipality reportedly dumps all of Ranchi’s garbage.

“We generate around 62 million tons of garbage a year, of which 45 million tons are left untreated and that’s 75%,” said the award-winning photographer, explaining that the waste amounts to 3 million garbage trucks. He added that if the trucks were positioned end to end, they would cover half the distance between the earth and the moon.

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“Another big concern that India is currently grappling with is that around 31 million [tonnes] of waste is sent directly to our landfills every year and all of India’s major landfills are already operating well above capacity and overflowing terribly, ”he said, further underscoring the garbage crisis in the country.

The project was filmed with a drone camera at a height of 210 feet. Surbhie, who was wearing a short red skirt and slippers, even had to go to the doctor after contracting an infection at the landfill.

On Instagram, Kumar shared an image and said that he had said he submitted the same as the entry for Environmental Photographer of the Year. The winners will be announced at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.

The video showing the landfill in Jhiri has already alerted the state government. Ranchi Municipal Corporation Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said the civic body has prepared a plan to establish a recycling plant in Jhiri where the waste will be treated. The Commissioner reported that a tender for the recycling plant has already been called, adding that the administration will also produce electricity and plastic items from waste.

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