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Himachal's Kinnaur to have solid waste management system

SHIMLA: In a bid to save fragile ecology of tribalKinnaur district located along China border, Kinnaur district administration has decided to launch door-to-door garbage collection scheme besides setting up a solid waste disposal plant. But before that a sensitization and awareness programme would be launched during which efforts would be made to know total garbage generation in the district.

Scientific disposal of garbage in remote areas ofHimachal Pradesh is unheard of till date and now Kinnaur district is going to show the path. In this regard a beginning was made on Monday when a seminar for major stakeholders was held in district headquarter of Reckong Peo.

Solid waste management nowadays is highly advanced in developed world but it is still primitive in Himachal Pradesh and the advanced technology has not percolated in our state so far.

According to sources Recong Peo town too is continuing with an outdated solid waste management system where in SADA has placed outdated steel dust bins at different locations of the town in an unplanned fashion.

Kinnaur deputy commissioner Captain J M Pathania said that unplanned management of solid waste generated by households and commercial establishments not only gives the inhabited area a dirty look but it also becomes environmental hazard for the people living in the area. He said that solid waste management system in Recong peo would be put in place in phased manner.

He said in the first phase community would be mobilized to own the system that SADA is going to put in place. He said household segregation is of utmost importance for the final disposal of all types of garbage like bio degradable and no biodegradable waste. The community would be requested and motivated to segregate the bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste at the house hold level.

Deputy Commissioner said that Solid and liquid waste management is an essential component of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) hence current solid management model project in Recong Peo would be undertaken under NBA. Entire Recong Peo town is rural area and is comprised of six Gram panchayats, hence could be taken up under NBA, he added.

The Times of India (10-12-2013)