SHILLONG, Oct 31: With an aim to make Meghalaya a pollution â€“ free State, state Urban Affairs department is implementing the Sewage System and Solid Waste Management (SSSWM), for which, six locations have already been identified.
State Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh on Wednesday convened a meeting to discuss on the implementation of the project with the different concerned traditional institutions of Shillong city where a brief presentation was made by the implementing agency â€“ MOTT McDonald Company.
â€œSix locations have already been identified for the purpose of installing the sewage treatment-plants in and around the city in the first phase of the project,â€ officials from the company said during the presentation here.
The Rs 65 crore project is targeted to take off by March next year.
The officials further informed that the project would require about 43.65 sq km land for setting up of these sewage treatment plants which will cater to more than 5.62 lakh populations till 2045.
Under the project, 60,000 dustbins of 25 litres to more than 30,000 households in and around the municipal areas will be distributed. According to the officials, two dustbins will be distributed to each household and people would be trained on how to segregate solid and decomposed waste.
Further, landfill site measuring 6,500 sq km at Marten is also being developed for the purpose at a cost of Rs 28.23 million while an additional land in Marten has been proposed to be developed at a cost of Rs 97.31 million.
To ensure successful implementation of the project, the Minister said, â€œCommunity and public participation is what we need in the successful implementation of the projectâ€ adding â€œWe appeal to the people to extend their cooperation to the government for a better and pollution free societyâ€.
Further, Lyngdoh suggested that NERCCDIP should coordinate with Municipals regarding the projects and in order to have positive results.
Mentionably, the North Eastern Region Capital Cities Development Investment Programme (NERCCDIP) has been designed to improved the urban environment and promote reforms for sustainable efficient and responsive urban service delivery in the capital cities of five states in the North â€“ Eastern Region including Shillong. SSSWM is a mega project under NERCCDIP aiming at controlling increasing wastes, both solid and liquid, in the state.