Gangtok, 12 Dec:
In a move that could provide the much-needed impetus to the campaign for waste segregation at source, Centre for Science and Environment [CSE] has launched a unique 'Forum of Cities that Segregate' today in New Delhi. The Forum was launched following a stakeholders' meeting and a media briefing.
A CSE press release informs that 22 municipalities from 13 states which includesGangtok Municipal Corporation have pledged to join this Forum. Three municipal authorities from Delhi [New Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation] and urban bodies of Bengaluru, Patna, Gurugram, Imphal, Greater Hyderabad, Bhopal, Indore, Thiruvananthapuram, Mysuru, etc are some of the others joining the Forum.
The 22 urban local bodies have pledged to achieve the target of 100 per cent segregation and fulfill the vision of Clean India by 2019. CSE has agreed to assist these municipalities on building their capacity.
The main agenda of this Forum is to give participating cities a platform for exchanging knowledge on solid waste management [SWM], said deputy director general, CSE, Chandra Bhushan.
"We hope that the cities in the Forum would become pioneers in terms of SWM and guide other cities on technical, economic and social aspects of managing their waste," he added.
Speaking at the launch, CSE director general, SunitaNarain said, "The problem is not about finding the right technology for waste disposal. The problem is how to integrate the technology with a system of household-level segregation so that waste does not end up in landfills, but is processed and reused."