New procedure for solid waste management proposed

A draft document on integrated solid waste management through door-to-door garbage collection, transport, processing and cleaning in ten major towns of Rajasthan will shortly be submitted for approval to the State Government.

The State Urban Development Department is presently giving final touches to the document.

A high-power committee of the department met here on Wednesday to deliberate on salient features of the draft document and make new additions to meet the needs of urban areas where the population is increasing at a fast pace.

Principal Urban Development and Housing Secretary G. S. Sandhu, presiding over the meeting, said maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene in the cities required adoption of modern technology: “Urban local bodies can continue to do sanitation, but the rest of the works are [proposed] to be carried out through private companies.”

The new procedure for solid waste management is to be adopted in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Ajmer, Pushkar, Kishangarh, Bharatpur, Bhilwara and Sikar towns.

Mr. Sandhu said suggestions made by mayors of municipalities, chairmen of municipal councils, executive officers, private companies and voluntary bodies would be incorporated in the final draft.

According to an official release, senior officers and engineers of the department, Mayors of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota and Ajmer and Udaipur Municipal Council chairman attended the meeting.

The document will shortly be submitted for approval to the State Government

‘Suggestions made by mayors and voluntary bodies will be incorporated in the draft'