The Urban Development Department of Himachal Pradesh has signed an agreement with a Dutch company Nexus Novus for making itself a “waste free State” in the coming years. It would be a feasibility study agreement, said Rutger De Brujin, Managing Director of the private company, supported by the Netherlands government. The study would cost around Rs. 4 million and would be borne by the Nexus Novus. The Urban Development department will provide all field level assistance to the company for feasibility study which will be completed in a time period of six months. The study will be covering three clusters including Dharamsala-Kangra, Shimla-Solan and Mandi-Kullu-Manali- Sundernagar.
This agreement is result of the mutual technical cooperation meeting between the delegation of Netherlands headed by its ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga and Himachal Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, held at Shimla in June, 2014. During the meeting, the problems being faced in municipal waste management in the State was discussed and keeping in view the expertise of the Netherland in the field of waste management, the Dutch delegation was requested to assist the hill State in this field by providing technological and management solution to the problem.