Shillong, Aug 21: Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling expressed disappointment after Shillong city ranked in the bottom 10 of the survey conducted by Swachh Survekshan for 2020 and stated that the assessment was ‘incorrect’.
The Minister pointed out that Shillong was the first City in the Country to have practised segregation at source, with over 70% household in the city complying since 2015-16, even before the SWM Rules 2016 were made mandatory.
“On the processing and disposal, the installation of 170 tons per day compost plant and 8500 sq.m sanitary landfill are almost completed,” he said.
He informed that Meghalaya has also notified the Meghalaya Solid Waste Management Policy.
“Therefore to simply categorised Shillong as one of the dirtiest cities in the country is therefore an incorrect assessment,” he stated.
Dohling added that a thorough introspection was made by the Department of Urban Affairs and the Shillong Municipal Board.
He informed that Shillong Municipal Board scored well in a service level parameter which carries 1500 marks.
“There are however a few indicators in this parameter in which the SMB did not score well namely the processing and disposal indicators as the infrastructure for processing and sanitary land-fill was still under construction,” he stated.
The Urban Affairs Minister revealed that SMB also scored low in the certification parameter as it is yet to be a certified GarbagefreeCity.
“Besides in the absence of a sewerage system which is a legacy issue, the city scored low in the sustainable sanitation indicator as well,” he stated.