Srar landfill, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Although the row over building a sanitary landfill in the Akkar village of Srar in line with a government plan to resolve the nation's garbage crisis has been settled for now, municipalities in the northern district are complaining about being deprived of funds to carry out development projects in the impoverished region.Municipalities are anxiously waiting for the state to transfer four years' worth of telecommunications tax revenues, estimated at LL697 billion ($467 million), to help them finance their own waste operations.Abdel Hamid Saqr, the mayor of Talbira town in Akkar, said administrative decentralization is an old demand for all of Lebanon.A furious Saqr accused Cabinet of dragging its feet over the transfer of the funds to municipalities.The Mayor of Sindyana Ali Hamad said the water problem is the town's main preoccupation.To ease the water problem in the town, Hamad said the municipality set up two water tanks, each with a capacity of about 100 barrels.Several world bodies have launched initiatives for a beekeeping project in Akkar, which is sponsored by the U.S. Development Agency in cooperation with the Mouawad foundation, with the aim of encouraging beekeeping in about 26 villages on the northern district's outskirts.
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