SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is soon installing a Mechanical Segregator at landfill site Achan which will enable segregation of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste at source.
The information was shared by Minister for Housing and Urban Development Nirmal Singh in response to a question by Vikramaditya Singh in the State Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
On asking about the steps taken by the government for solid waste management in the State, the Minister replied, “After installation of Mechanical Segregator, the bio-degradable waste will be processed for composting purpose and non-biodegradable waste will be partly sent for recycling units and partly as RDF to the cement factories.”
For this purpose, the Minister said, the Government of India has approved Solid Waste Management Project costing Rs. 97 crores for Srinagar city under JNNURM against which first installment of Rs. 20.69 crores has already been released to Srinagar Municipal Corporation during the year 2015-2016.
Besides, because of the scarcity of land and to make the project viable, the department has adopted cluster based approach for management of Solid Waste in urban areas in the state under Swachh Bharat Mission.
The project, according to the government, would be integrated management of Solid Waste, which will include primary collection, segregation at source, transportation, and processing.
After the finalization of projects, the government will also involve NGO’s for collection and transportation of waste and will generate awareness among the people.
“Further, as only viability of funds are available under Swacch Bharat Mission, therefore, the execution of the project through private participation will also be explored,” the Minister said.