Solid waste management and handling in urban areas is a vital aspect and an action plan should be prepared on the aspect, Collector Shashi Bhushan Kumar said on Thursday.

Addressing a workshop on “municipal waste management and handling” with Municipal Commissioners, officials and staff of Kadapa and Chittoor districts in Kadapa Municipal Corporation meeting hall organised by A.P. Pollution Control Board regional office at Tirupati, the Collector said population was growing in towns with rural people migrating to urban areas and as a result the quantum of garbage and waste products emanating was also increasing. Solid waste management and handling in metropolitan cities like Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi also had shortcomings, he said.

Referring to officials' reports that solid waste management and handling was cent per cent, he asked them to introspect and effectively implement the legislation on solid waste management. Municipal Commissioners, officials and staff should implement the laws with sincerity. Officials could interact on scientific ways for waste management.

Recalling his experience during his stint as Khammam Collector, Mr. Shashi Bhushan Kumar recalled that Suryapet Municipal Commissioner Khader Saheb had won accolades for his efforts and was now Nandyal Municipal Commissioner and came here as resource person. The Collector wanted landfill sites identified for solid waste management keeping in view the needs of the next 25 years and taking into account the local people's objections.

Growth in population

APPCB Regional Officer of Tirupati I. Anjaneya Prasad said urban population grew from 8 per cent in 1900 to 30 per cent now. Incidence of six diseases was due to water pollution and one disease due to waste products, he said. World Health Organisation was spending Rs. 36,000 crore in India and 80 per cent of the expenditure could be saved if some precautions were taken.