World Bank to address Himachal Pradesh's SWM challenge

Fri, 2019-02-22 11:31 -- SCC India Staff

Himachal Pradesh

Experts from Korea and World Bank will work closely with the Department of Environment, Science and Technology to find out a workable solution for solid waste problem and challenges in Himachal Pradesh.

The World Bank team led by Environment Specialist Pyush Dogra, Consultant to the World Bank Dr Sampat and experts from Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF) led by Dr Lee Dong Hoon today held a meeting with senior government functionaries in this regard.

The team along with officers of the Department of Environment, Science and Technology visited the Municipal Corporation Shimla and waste to energy plant, NAC, Arki and identified local issues on municipal solid waste.

The team held discussions with all stakeholder organisations in a summit under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary (Environment) R D Dhiman in order to identify important issues regarding management of solid waste, technology transfer and the challenges faced by the state government.

R.D. Dhiman, said that the areas of collaborations have been identified during the whole day discussions which include support in developing agro-climatic zone based Municipal Solid Waste Management strategy of Himachal Pradesh, support to identify climatic zone wise option for Integrated Solid Waste Management, support for technology transfer through successful models/ best practices - optimized models, development of training modules & manual for PRIs/ ULBs, training & capacity building on municipal solid waste in rural and urban areas and financial assistance for developing small/ micro model solid waste management facilities in the state.

The team also met Chief Secretary BK Aggarwal and briefed him about effective management strategy for solid wastes both for rural and urban areas. Director, Department of Environment, Science and Technology DC Rana said the experts would undertake technical analysis of solid waste management in three countries Pakistan, Nepal and India in South Asia and in India they will work with the Government of Himachal Pradesh.