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    Open garbage burning has become a common problem in many localities in Hyderabad, despite it being prohibited. This has led to a sharp rise in particulate matter and an increase in respiratory diseases among the locals. Trash burning is especially prevalent near landfills in Miyapur, Pocharam, Jeedimelta, and Secunderabad, resulting in poor air quality index (AQI) in these areas.

    Despite the National Green Tribunal’s ban on open burning of waste and the threat of imposing a fine of Rs 25,000, the practice continues in the city. Around 30,000-35,000 tonnes of waste are burnt in open lands and near lake catchment areas every year. If the State government does not take strict measures to address this issue, Hyderabad may face the same air pollution problems as Delhi.

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    Only 20 percent of the city’s garbage is recycled, while the rest is dumped in landfills and later burnt. The lack of regulation and action by GHMC officials to prevent dumping and burning of garbage contributes to this problem. Despite complaints from residents, no concrete actions have been taken to address the issue.

    Residents in Miyapur, Jeedimetla, and Secunderabad have expressed their concerns about the continuous burning of trash. They have reported respiratory ailments and have requested authorities to take action. The thick smoke released from the burning trash is visible even at night, causing hardships for nearby residents.

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    The State government has failed to educate people about the harmful effects of trash burning, leading to poor AQI in many areas. Residents are worried about their health due to the smoke and are unable to breathe freely. It is crucial for the government to address this issue and provide a permanent solution to prevent further damage to the environment and public health.

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