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World Bank meets KHADC EC to discuss solid waste management

The intent is to develop a sustainable solution to the solid waste issue, aiming to manage waste effectively at the village and district levels without causing pollution in other areas.

SHILLONG:

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) is actively seeking assistance from the World Bank to devise a lasting solution for effectively managing solid waste in the five districts under its jurisdiction.

The KHADC’s chief, Pyniaid Sing Syiem, revealed plans to furnish a comprehensive action plan for the implementation of a solid waste management program to secure funding from the World Bank. This was discussed during a meeting between KHADC officials and World Bank representatives on October 9.

The intent is to develop a sustainable solution to the solid waste issue, aiming to manage waste effectively at the village and district levels without causing pollution in other areas. The World Bank has already allocated funds for this initiative, urging KHADC to expedite the planning process and submit a detailed action plan within the current month.

To raise awareness and sensitize the population about waste management and environmental impact, KHADC plans to collaborate with traditional institutions to organize awareness programs at various levels, including villages, himas (traditional Khasi states), and district councils. These programs will extend to schools, colleges, and marketplaces.

Furthermore, the council intends to identify additional locations for pilot projects involving the setup of Resource Recovery Centers (RRCs). Presently, an RRC operates in Mawlai Mawroh, where household waste is collected, segregated, and recycled. Successful implementation of RRC pilot projects could significantly reduce the load on existing waste dumping sites.

In response to environmental concerns, the council plans to regulate garbage collection fees and introduce penalties for haphazard waste dumping, aiming to protect rivers and catchment areas. The council also aspires to request the World Bank for the establishment of a waste processing plant, understanding that this is a long-term endeavor.

Addressing concerns about land acquisition for landfill purposes, the KHADC chief emphasized the importance of clarity in government intentions and the necessity for clear communication to garner support for such initiatives.

Additionally, KHADC and the World Bank are slated to conduct site visits to various locations, including Wah Umkhen, Umpling, Pynthorumkhrah, RRC Mawlai Mawroh, and Marten, to assess and further develop the solid waste management plan.

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