Kalimpong, Oct. 29: The Kalimpong Municipality has identified a plot of 10 acres at Lower Bhalukhop, about 5km from the town, to set up a permanent dumping ground.
The new site is not far from Lower Newargoan, which had been identified by the previous GNLF board headed by C.K. Kumai. However, unlike the old site, the new one, which is close to Melli, is easily accessible, although the road leading there needs to be made fit for travel.
Municipality chairman Norden Lama said negotiations were being held with the owners of the land and things would be finalised after Tihar festivity was over.
“Once we get the possession of the land, it will take only two months to get the site ready for the dumping,” said Lama.
Besides the work on the approach road, the site itself will have to be developed as a proper dumping ground.
The civic authorities have been hunting for a site ever since the people of Bhalukhop protested against their place being used for the dumping of garbage nearly five months ago.