SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma inaugurated the Nongpoh Solid Waste Management Project on Thursday.
During the inaugural function, the Chief Minister said that the government has been talking continuously about waste management and understanding the importance of waste management and disposal. “That is why, the government has come up with Solid Waste Management Policy”, stated Conrad K Sangma.
“It gives me pleasure to inaugurate this long overdue project that started in 2007-2008 and I appreciate the initiative of the then government and the Urban Affairs Department for having had the vision of understanding the challenges that come with urbanization,” Conrad K Sangma said.
He also informed that the government is trying to ensure that all pending projects where significant investment has been made by the government are completed at the earliest.
The Chief Minister also said that waste management has to be looked at from the economic point of view as the more we consume, the higher the GDP is and everything is based on consumption. There has to be a balance between consumption and sustainability, the Chief Minister added.
“It is important that we understand that we consume in a much more rational and thoughtful manner to have a balanced economy and a balanced ecology,” he said.
He urged everyone, especially young students gathered for the inauguration, that their individual effort in reducing and reusing can make a great difference in waste management.
Conrad added that the solid waste management project would be extended to other parts of the State.
Earlier, in his keynote address, Director of MUDA, E Kharmalki, outlined the salient features of the State Solid Waste Management Policy. He informed that the policy emphasizes on civic engagement and the involvement of the community in waste management, collection and decentralized value recovery. He added that the policy also encourages behavioural and perception change among the citizens.
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