The State government will shortly formulate the Solid Waste Management Rules, Municipal Administration Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar has said.
Presiding over the State-level advisory board meeting at the Secretariat today, the Principal Secretary said the Administrative Staff College of India has been asked to draft solid waste management policy guidelines for the State in consultation with various relevant stake-holders. He also asked the Pollution Control Board officials to inspect malls, function halls, hotels and hospitals to find out what steps have been taken for segregation and storage for solid waste and submit a report at the earliest.
He also directed the GHMC officials to obtain a list of abandoned quarries from the Mines department, which can be used as dumping yards. A comprehensive survey of the rag pickers should be taken up and suggest procedures for utilizing their services in the solid waste management activities in the urban local bodies, he added. All the urban local bodies have been asked to implement the driver-cum-owner scheme which envisages using swatch autos for door-to-door collection of solid waste.
CDMA Dr T K Sridevi, GHMC Commissioner Dr B Janardhan Reddy and officials from the Pollution Control Board attended the meeting. (NSS)