Kolkata civic body’s master plan to improve SWM in city

Picture credit: by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25629395

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has come up with a master plan to improve solid waste management (SWM) practices in the city. The master plan has been prepared on the basis of SWM Rules 2016 and directions of the National Green Tribunal.

The Millennium Post reports that KMC has already sent a proposal to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan of Rs 1,800 crore. In its effort, the KMC is supported by the Kolkata Environment Improvement Investment Programme (KEIIP).

The ADB had shown an interest to provide a loan for various components in the master plan, subject to the approval of the Department of Economic Affairs. It had appointed an international SWM expert to support the DSC for preparation of the master plan. The most important aspect of the SWM master plan is waste characterisation and recommendation about source segregation and in-house storage. The master plan has recommendations on recycling and recovery of waste, recommendations on primary collection of various categories of waste, street sweepings, procurement of vehicles, etc.

Picture Credit: Biswarup Ganguly, Kolkata Municipal Corporation – Kolkata 2013-04-15 6065, CC BY 3.0

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