ITANAGAR: A team from the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U), led by its joint director and nodal officer, Nixon Lego, is conducting a comprehensive three-day field survey across Namsai, Lohit, and Lower Dibang Valley districts in Arunachal Pradesh.
The initiative that started on November 14 will conclude on Thursday. Guided by the state urban development commissioner and urban local bodies director, the programme aims to gain first-hand insights into local sanitation efforts, assess solid and liquid waste management practices, and explore innovative revenue models and waste transformation strategies. The team's activities include in-depth discussions with local officers and engineers as well as site inspections at key sanitation facilities.
A notable highlight of the survey was the tour of the ground-breaking 40 KLD capacity faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP) at Chongkham in Namsai. This facility is set to provide significant environmental benefits by preventing ground and surface water contamination and processing sludge from septic tanks in Namsai, Tezu, and Roing into organic manure. Additionally, the team evaluated the operations at material recovery facilities (MRF) in Namsai and Tezu, where solid waste is sorted and processed. This process redirects materials away from landfills to scrap dealers for recycling. An exceptional initiative highlighted during the visit is the collaboration between Lohit deputy commissioner Shashvat Saurabh and DUDA Tezu to establish a 'waste to wonder' park at the convention centre, Tezu.