By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Housing Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, the growing urbanisation is the increase in generation of solid waste in cities and towns, he pointed out that a Planning Commission Report (2014) projected that by 2031, the Indian urban centres will generate “165 million tons of waste annually”.
Puri was speaking at a function organised on World Habitat Day – 2018 Celebration with the theme Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) on October 5.
This alarming state highlights the needed importance of scientific waste management from the perspective of both public health and environmental concerns, he added.
The Government has considered solid waste management as the top priority area of urban development and added that the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – Clean India Mission envisages 100 per cent of the urban population to be covered under Solid Waste Management (SWM) services, Puri said.
Puri said that in “India, almost 88.4 megawatts (MW) of energy is generated from waste-to-energy (WTE) projects and the waste-to-compost production stands at 15.69 Lakhs metric tonnes (17 September 2018).”
He urged the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to concentrate on managing the solid waste by skilled municipal staff, adequate training and capacity building, and called upon national training institutions such as HUDCO’s HSMI, NIUA and other multi and bilateral organisations to intensify their efforts towards effective planning and management of urban services, especially management of municipal solid waste.
He said, “A significant outlay has been allocated for Solid Waste Management (SWM) projects in the country over the years.”