Blueprint to manage waste

POLLUTION WOES: Garbage scattered around waste bins in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board has started devising a master plan for management of municipal solid waste here to improve the city's sanitation.

The move came after the Central Pollution Control Board asked the state government to take steps for proper management of municipal solid waste in compliance with the Centre's new solid waste management rules.

Following the directive, housing and urban development department officials have swung into action and requested the state pollution control board to co-ordinate with civic authorities and accordingly make the plans.

"There are certain provisions under the new solid waste management rules, such as segregation of waste, measures to reduce the amount of waste, that the civic authorities are yet to comply with. We will take all these aspects into consideration and accordingly devise the plans," said a board official.

Sources said a preliminary meeting has already taken place between officials of the civic body and the board.

The modalities will be finalised after due deliberation with officials concerned, including those from the housing and urban development department.

"A meeting was held to discuss the basic framework. Our sanitation experts will be put in place to finalise these. We will come up with an action plan and a timeline for its implementation to ensure proper management of solid waste," said a housing and urban development official.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation failed in many parameters of the new solid waste management rules and components of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

The city failed to win a single award in the Swachh Survekshan survey for 2018, the results of which were announced on Wednesday.

Among its major failures, Bhubaneswar is yet to declare itself free of open defecation or ensure segregation of waste at source or dump yard; it is yet to establish a waste-to-energy plant at Bhuasuni or the waste-to-compost plant near Sainik School. It even failed to maintain the sewerage network.

"We did our best to sensitise citizens on the ill-effects of open defecation. We have constructed enough number of toilets for the purpose, but they continue to violate the rules. Residents have also opposed the waste-to-energy plant and the compost plant projects," said mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.

"We hope to take some concrete steps in this regard in collaboration with the pollution control board," he said.


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