Chandigarh: Punjab is all set to become
the first state in the country with all its towns and cities
under the Integrated Waste Management System, whereby 4,300
tonnes of solid waste produced per day would be utilised for
producing power and compost and scientifically disposed of.
Preparations have been made for simultaneous launch of
the programme in all eight zones and 137 towns of the state on
September 15, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh
Badal, who along with Local Government Minister Tikshan Sud
reviewed the implementation of the programme, said today.
He said the multi-purpose project would be first of
its kind in India where all towns and cities will have
municipal solid waste management in scientific manner.
Under the project, the entire state has been divided
into eight mega clusters of Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Bathinda,
Ferozepur, Patiala, Amritsar, Pathankot and GMADA.
He said that each cluster would cover 15 to 30 cities.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that 137 cities of
Punjab produce 4,300 tonnes solid waste per day that would be
utilised for producing power, compost or other useful products
and finally disposed of in scientifically managed landfill
He said that the project would be operated and
maintained by public private partnership for 25 years.
Badal said that companies have already started their
awareness programme in the all cities and they were ready with
the infrastructure to implement this programme.