MoEF&CC selects Dmu for capacity building

MoEF&CC selects Dmu for capacity building
Organisers along with some of the attendees at the programme. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JULY 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/17/2019 12:01:14 PM IST

Two-day capacity building programme aimed at effective implementation of Scientific Waste Management (SWM) rules (notified in the year 2016) was organized Wednesday, at Hotel Acacia, Dimapur. 

It may be mentioned that Dimapur is amongst the 20 cities selected by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). 

The programme was organized by National Productivity Council (NPC) and sponsored by MoEF&CC in association with Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC).

The six waste management rules (2016) includes solid waste management rules (2016), bio-medical waste management rules, 2016, E-waste management) rules 2016, hazardous and other wastes (management and transboundary movement) rules, 2016, plastic waste management rules 2016 and construction and demolition waste management rules, 2016. 

Resource person of the programme, ex-member secretary, Bihar State Pollution Control Board chairperson, Environment and Eco Development, Indu Shekhar Singh put up a power point presentation that dwelled on the solid waste management scenario in India and gaps in implementation, introduction of solid waste management rules, 2016, stake holders and their duties/ responsibilities and methods and options for collection, treatment, processing and disposal of waste including the options. 

The steps to follow for effective waste management as per SWM rules, 2016 includes storage at source, provide primary collection service at door step, street sweeping, secondary storage, transportation of waste, treatment and processing of waste and final disposal of waste ay engineered landfills. He asserted that citizens can play a significant role in minimizing the waste and decentralized composting/bio gas generation could be promoted, incentivised at household and community level. 

Singh said that effective waste management will be possible only when public awareness is created at all levels, community participation ensured, segregation and storage of waste at source is practised by waste generators and concept of reduce, reuse, recycle and recover is understood by the community.  In regard to institutional strengthening, it was mentioned that SWM requires managerial and technical skills, each city should have directorate or department of SWM and the department should be headed by an environmental or civil engineer with experience in SWM. 

During the inaugural programme, opening remark was delivered by Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) administrator Moa Sangtam as guest of honour, wherein he acknowledged NPC and MoEF&CC. He encouraged the participants to be sincere saying that “Ignorance of the law is not an excuse”. 

Pointing out the programme as an important event to sensitize the stakeholders on waste management rules, NPCB, environmental Er Aghali A Swu as guest said that clean environment and clean water were essential for health but if not managed and disposed in proper way it will have a serious effect on environment and health. 

Swu believe that by conducting such programme, the participants through their active participation will bring about positive outcome and result in the society and state in general. 

The quantity of waste generated as per the Dimapur city alone comprises of 110 to 111 tonnes per day, Swu maintained. She asserted that as long as human beings exist in the planet earth, there will be waste generation and thereby the only solution will be how best waste can be generated. 

Various stakeholders, NGOs, organizations and institutions attended the programme. Earlier, welcome address was delivered by NPC Guwahati deputy director Manoj Verma and later vote of thanks was delivered by DMC superintendent Ganesh Sharma. The two-day programme will culminate on July 18. 

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