Training on solid waste management held in Kohima
Dimapur, Nov. 23 (EMN): Department of Rural Development (RD) and State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) jointly organised a one-day training programme on solid waste management under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the latter’s conference hall on November 22.
Delivering the inaugural speech, RD additional director, Thungjamo Odyuo highlighted on the importance of solid waste management. He stated that improper solid waste management not only creates health hazards on the life of an individual but the whole community and has far-reaching socio-economic and ecological consequences.
He pointed out that the ministry of environment, forest and climate change, Government of India, had notified the Municipal Solid Waste (managing and Handling) Rules in 2000, making it mandatory for municipal authorities to set-up waste processing and disposal facilities, identify sanitary landfill sites and improve existing dumpsites. He, however, regretted that it has not happened mainly because of the inability of municipalities to implement waste processing and disposal projects.
For the rural areas, he said although there are no collection systems at present, the inherent practice of source segregation of wet waste for animal feed considerably reduces the problem of waste segregation.
He further informed that the state governor had notified 33 villages covering 28 blocks for compliance of solid waste management rules 2016. In this regard, he stated that all village councils have to prepare action plans to manage their wastes as envisaged under Rule 13 of solid waste management rules 2016.
The training covered introduction to solid waste management, overview of various waste management rules and policy, duties and responsibility of village councils with regard to waste management.
A press release from the RD department stated that the training was conducted by resource persons namely RDO Celine Thol, RDA Teisozhavi Tetso, and RDO, John Wesley Magh.