Silver lining for waste management issues


SHILLONG, April 5: A total of 15 potential sites are being prepared for the proposed science landfill in the state, according to Urban Affairs Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar.
This development may be a silver lining for Jowai, which has been facing huge garbage disposal challenges for several months.
The minister said on Tuesday that the Jowai city council had received 15 applications for the construction of the science dump. “We will inspect the sites and acquire the best,” he said.
Stating that the department’s machines are working at full speed to identify a permanent site, Dhar however revealed that the state government is also looking for a temporary site.
He added that 3-4 places have been identified where the government is creating the necessary awareness.
The Minister reiterated that no problem will arise from the management of scientific waste.
It should be mentioned here that apprehension and speculation run rampant in people’s minds about creating a landfill, and the government has tried to allay fears by raising public awareness.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong admitted the government had been unable to allay people’s misgivings about the science dump. Tynsong had argued that today’s technology is different, while adding that people, however, are unwilling to part with their land even if the government pays them.

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