(KNN) Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu has urged the corporates and industrial and trade bodies to ‘walk the talk’ in respect of ensuring cleanliness and waste management in urban areas by effectively partnering in government initiatives like Swachh Bharat Mission, Municipal Waste Management and urban infrastructure development by making a success of PPP model.
In his address at the ‘Waste to Energy’ Conference organized by the ASSOCHAM on Tuesday here, Naidu called for a concerted action to recycle urban solid waste and sewage for converting them into energy, fuel, fertilizers and irrigation water.
He stressed on ‘reduction, recycling and reuse’ of solid waste and sewage. He has said that his ministry is identifying domestic and foreign companies who can provide cost effective solutions for solid waste and sewage management through reduction, recycling and reuse.
Stressing on government initiatives for clean environment, the minister informed that 1,33,000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste is being generated every day in Class-I and II cities out of which 32 per cent is being littered. Of the total waste being collected, 72 per cent (6,55,000 metric tonnes) is being landfilled.
He further said that through proper collection and reuse and recycling of solid waste, 440 MW of power can be generated every year and consumption of chemical fertilizers can be reduced by 30 per cent by using compost made out of solid waste from urban areas.
He said effective recycling of sewage can help in irrigating about one to three lakh hectares depending on the crop. He expressed concern over discharge of about 61% of sewage without being treated. (KNN/ST)