Ludhiana: Research study identifies challenges in SWM

An aerial view of Ludhiana. Picture Credit: Wikipedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

Inadequate resources, insufficient land for waste disposal, lack of integrated solid waste management plan, limited public unawareness, shortage of staff, absence of incorporation of modern technology, and poor enforcement of rules and regulations are some of the key problems identified in a study on the implementation analysis of solid waste management (SWM) in Ludhiana. 

The study has been conducted by Ishfaq Showket Mir, Puneet Pal Singh Cheema, and Sukhwinder Pal Singh of the department of civil engineering at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDE), Ludhiana. The study concludes that providing monetary incentives for recyclable items, developing a strong policy, incorporating technological innovations, support from political leadership, encouraging waste reduction, and composting and recycling techniques can go a long way towards effective waste management in Ludhiana.

The results revealed that facilities provided to the municipal staff, their commitment and awareness level, political commitment, and residents’ and business establishments’ contribution also significantly influence the successful implementation of the SWM programme.

Picture Credit: Kathuriarector, An Air View of Ludhiana, CC BY-SA 4.0

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