Tourism Induced Challenges in Municipal Solid Waste Management in Hill Towns: Case of Pahalgam
Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) is one of the crucial urban basic services that influence the public health and environment of a town. Urban Planner Subzar Bashir alongside Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning Subhrangsu Goswami studied the effects of tourism on municipal solid waste management in hill towns, specifically through the case study of Pahalgam, also known as the "mini-Switzerland" of the Indian subcontinent. The research also reviewed solid waste management practices in other hill towns in India and the legal and policy aspects of SWM at the national level. The research drew several conclusions regarding the major contributors and peak seasons of maximum solid waste generation in Pahalgam, as well as larger infrastructural issues resulting in improper waste collection and disposal in the region.
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