The Odisha Government has decided to set up 114 waste processing and disposal facilities in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) very soon. The reason: piling up of solid waste. Of 114 ULBs (including five municipal corporations, 53 municipalities and 61 notified area councils) land for such facilities has been identified for 76 civic bodies while process is on for the rest.
Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, G Mathi Vathanan said ULBs have been asked to finalize their master plan by taking into consideration the newly-identified land within 60 days. “We have adopted a new approach for solid waste management. Apart from waste processing facilities, micro composting centers will also be set up. The centers can process bio-degradable wastes of one tonne to five tonne a day. This will help reduce the waste burden,” he said.
The decision has been taken as per the direction of National Green Tribunal, which had expressed displeasure over the State Government’s failure to implement Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.