Bengal takes up 10 Solid Waste Management projects

Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee has taken up 10 integrated solid waste management projects for 14 urban local bodies, at a cost of Rs 421.69 crore, under Mission Nirmal Bangla.

The urban local bodies are in Kolkata, Dum Dum, North and South Dum Dum, Baranagar, Bhatpara, Naihati, Ashoknagar-Kalyangarh and Habra, Asansol, Krishnanagar, Santipur, Nabadwip and Jalpaiguri.

Tender process of these projects has been initiated and all the urban local bodies have been instructed to create massive awareness.

Under the mission, four districts – Nadia, North 24 Parganas, Hooghly and East Midnapore and its 55 urban local bodies – achieved open defecation free status by completing the construction of more than one lakh individual household laterine.

The government said that another 21 urban local bodies of Burdwan, South 24 Parganas and Coochbehar districts aim to construct more than 1.5 lakh household latrines to achieve open defecation free status by March 2017.


নির্মল বাংলা মিশনে নতুন মাত্রা যোগ করতে উদ্যোগ রাজ্যের

নির্মল বাংলা মিশনকে এক নতুন মাত্রা দিতে নতুন প্রকল্প চালু করার সিদ্ধান্ত নিল মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের নেতৃত্বাধীন পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার। আনুমানিক ৪২১.৬৯ কোটি টাকার এই প্রকল্প ১৪টি পৌরসভাকে কেন্দ্র করে হবে।

এই পৌরসভাগুলি হল কলকাতা, উত্তর দমদম, দক্ষিণ দমদম, বরানগর, ভাটপাড়া, নৈহাটি, অশোকনগর-কল্যাণগড়, হাবড়া, আসানসোল, কৃষ্ণনগর, শান্তিপুর, নবদ্বীপ ও জলপাইগুড়ি। নির্মল বাংলা মিশন সম্পর্কে সচেতনতা বাড়ানোর নির্দেশ দেওয়া হয়েছে সমস্ত পৌরসভাগুলিকে ।

ইতিমধ্যেই নদীয়া, উত্তর ২৪ পরগণা, হুগলী ও পূর্ব মেদিনীপুর নির্মল জেলার স্বীকৃতি পেয়েছে। মার্চ মাসের মধ্যে বর্ধমান, দক্ষিণ ২৪ পরগণা, কোচবিহার জেলার অন্তর্গত ২১টি পুরসভায় ১.৫ লক্ষের বেশি শৌচাগার নির্মিত করা হবে ও তাদের নির্মল জেলার স্বীকৃতি দেওয়া হবে।


Bengal CM orders formation of steering committee to monitor solid waste management system

The Bengal government has constituted a steering committee to monitor the solid waste management across the state. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed senior bureaucrats and environment experts to form the committee, soon after Kolkata, along with 10 other cities from across the globe, was honoured with the best cities of 2016 award in recognition of its inspiring and innovative programme with regard to solid waste management.

Kolkata is the only Indian city to receive the prestigious award. It received the award during the C40 Mayors’ Summit held in Mexico City.

The committee will soon set up guidelines for Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) as well as Panchayat areas.


সলিড ওয়েস্ট মানাজেমেন্টের জন্য স্টিয়ারিং কমিটি গঠন করলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী

রাজ্যে সলিড ওয়েস্ট মানাজেমেন্টের আরও আধুনিকীকরণের জন্য একটি স্টিয়ারিং কমিটি গঠন করতে চলেছে রাজ্য সরকার। মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় উচ্চপদস্থ আমলা ও পরিবেশবিদদের নির্দেশ দিয়েছেন এই কমিটি তৈরি করতে।

এই কমিটি খুব শীঘ্রই নির্দেশিকা তৈরী করবে পৌরসভা ও পঞ্চায়েতগুলির জন্য।

উল্লেখ্য, সলিড ওয়েস্ট মানাজেমেন্টের ক্ষেত্রে কলকাতা বিশ্বের দশটি সেরা শহরের মধ্যে একটি। মেক্সিকো শহরে অনুষ্ঠিত সি-৪০ মেয়র সমাবেশে এই সম্মান প্রদান করা হয় কলকাতাকে।


Solid waste management project of Bengal’s Hooghly district draws international attention

A solid waste management project of urban bodies in Hooghly district of Bengal has drawn the attention of world’s environment groups. Organic fertilisers of Jibon Jyoti brand, being produced by Uttarpara-Kotrung municipality of Hooghly district, are made from bio-degradable solid waste collected from six municipalities.

The project has now been selected to compete with similar projects of two first world cities — Milan and Auckland — for an international award on best practices in solid waste management.

The initiative in Hooghly is part of the Rs 170-crore Kolkata Solid Waste Management Improvement Project and covers the civic bodies of Uttarpara-Kotrung, Konnagar, Rishra, Serampore, Baidyabati and Champdani. It has been funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

A drive down the 20-km stretch between Uttarpara and Baidyabati along the west bank of the Hooghly river will show the results of the path-breaking initiative. Any resident of the towns down the road will agree that their neighbourhoods were far from being clean even five years ago.

Secretary of the state’s municipal affairs department and chief executive officer of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), is to attend the finale of the competition in New Mexico City, with the chairman of Uttarpara-Kotrung municipality. The awards ceremony is scheduled for December 1.

KMC takes a step towards cleaner city

In a bid to make Kolkata cleaner, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to dispose of garbage from the entire city through the modern compactor method.

The State has now sanctioned a special fund for the modernization of the solid waste management scheme. In fact, buoyed by the success of the first phase of the project, even Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has herself taken keen interest in funding the plan as Kolkata is now being perceived as a cleaner city . With assurance from the State, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation now plans to set up 19 more compactor stations and buy movable compactor machines for areas where the civic body has failed to get land for the stations.

The places where the compactor stations will be set up include Park Circus, NRS Medical College, Esplanade bus terminus, Kalighat temple, Bowbazar, Surjya Sen Street and Naktala. Stations at New Alipore, Golf Club Road and Bondel Road are already built but awaiting inauguration.

Debabrata Majumdar, member, mayor-in-council overseeing the KMC solid waste management department, said the compactor stations and movable compactors reduced the dependence on trucks carrying waste to the Dhapa dumping ground. “Once the project is fully implemented, we hope to get rid of all big vats, which dirty the roads with garbage spilling out, and the rickety trucks that carry waste to Dhapa,” the MMiC said.

In the first phase, the KMC solid waste management department built 43 compactor stations, the first one being set up near the Kalighat tram depot, followed by another one on Southern Avenue.

Inspired by the success of the two stations, the KMC built 42 more such stations. But the civic body had to put on hold the garbage disposal modernization programme for want of funds. The KMC was apparently shocked to find there was no provision for modernization of garbage disposal as the Centre refused to finance it under JNNURM. Before the civic polls last year, the KMC had approached the state to set up compactor stations and the money has finally been sanctioned.

Bengal shines in clean India survey, 25 urban bodies among top 100

In the survey that assessed municipal areas for minimal open defecation and effective solid waste management, West Bengal has done exceptionally well, with 25 municipal areas in the state making it to the top 100 cities.

Halishahar was ranked 9th among cities while Kolkata was at rank 56, which was the best among the four metros. The list includes only Class I cities with a population of more than one lakh.

The ranking used three methodologies – primary data from the municipal bodies, field inspection and ground interaction with people.

The survey also assessed the status of septage management (disposal of sewage from septik tanks), waste water treatment, drinking water quality, surface quality of water bodies, and mortality due to water-borne diseases.

KMC readies for battle against malaria and dengue

Even before the monsoon arrived in the city, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities have chalked out a detailed public awareness campaign to fight mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and malaria.

“July and August record the highest rainfall in Kolkata every year and heavy monsoon gives possible rise to breeding of mosquito larvae that in course might cause spread of diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya. Our fight is to prevent such rise through mass awareness and hence the initiative,” Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council (health), told.

Mass awareness programme

KMC’s mass awareness campaign against spread of dengue and malaria would include dos and don’ts to prevent breeding of mosquito larvae across the city.

Civic officials plan an extensive round-the-year awareness campaign and have also scheduled food and water safety campaign in the festive months from October to December.

“During these three months, Hindus, Muslims and Christians have festivals and with the celebrations seeing additional footfalls, they create an opportunity for selling food, coloured water, and soft drinks, among others. We only want to sensitise the masses about the food safety norms, which needs to be followed while purchasing food products during the festivities,” a senior doctor with KMC’s health department said.

Food safety norms

KMC will also put up over 4,000 billboards on the streets of Kolkata as part of the awareness campaign on food safety norms. According to sources, KMC will be spending over lakh to make consumers and sellers aware about the food safety norms in context of the recent Maggi controversy.

“Solid waste management workers collecting garbage from every doorstep will reach out with handouts in four different languages – English, Hindi, Bengali and Urdu,” the MMiC added. KMC and the Consumer Affairs department are jointly launching three tableaus that will roam around the city from Monday with messages on awareness against food and water borne diseases.

According to the awareness calendar, January to March is scheduled for awareness on tuberculosis, which is still a killer disease in Kolkata.

KMC eyes more compactors to fight filth

Convinced with the efficiency of compactor stations — 43 at work and 25 more in the pipeline — Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee has given a go-ahead to the civic board to extend the service to areas where it has still not been introduced. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation also has plans to procure movable compactor machines to take care of existing garbage vats.

This is not all. Keeping in mind next year’s assembly elections, the Kolkata Mayor has made cleanliness a priority. Accordingly, the KMC solid waste management department has requisitioned 800 trash bins that will be strategically placed to collect waste from large municipal markets. The KMC is also contemplating to introduce small battery-driven cars to replace hand carts for door-to-door collection of garbage. Such battery cars are already operational in areas like Manoharpukur Road, Sarat Bose Road and parts of Rashbehari Avenue.

However, of all these measures to make Kolkata a sparkling clean city, the Trinamool board is focusing most on the construction of more compactor stations. It was in December 2012 when Kalighat got the first compactor machine in the city. Then four more stations came up, one each in Southern Avenue, Samsul Huda Road, Tallah and Chetla.

Later West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee sanctioned a special Rs 30 crore funds for construction of compactor stations. The state funds were utilized for setting up 30 compactor stations during the period. In the last phase, the KMC set up stations at Mirza Ghalib Street to replace the infamous vat opposite the Food Corporation office. Similarly, large vats that used to spill garbage over to Camac Street, Surjya Sen Street were replaced thereafter.

The civic body will now concentrate on setting up garbage compactor machines at New Alipore, Bondel Road and Garfa Road among other areas. Initially, there was a plan to set up 78 compactor stations. But encouraged by the success of such stations, the KMC may now go up to 100 stations across the city.

“Ultimately, our aim is to make Kolkata a vat-free city. After getting a positive response from citizens, we are now committed to continue with the mission,” Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said.