Bhubaneswar, August 15 (LocalWire): The Government of Odisha has directed the state Urban Development Department to ensure that all six model cities and towns in the state should be made fully solid waste management (SWM) compliant by 25 September next year.
It may be recalled that the state government has identified Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Rourkela, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, and Chhatrapur be converted as model cities for SWM.
According to sources, the government has already issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for solid waste management to the identified Urban Local Bodies. These include assessment of human resources, engagement of Swachha Sathis and Supervisors, and identification of suitable land for establishing micro composting units.
SOP has also been issued for preparation of route chart for movement of vehicles, segregation of bio-degradable waste, composting process, disposal of dry waste, and identification of bulk waste generators, sources said.
So far 1,453 bulk waste generators have been identified and 447 Swachh Sathis have been engaged in the project.
Similarly, 231 sites have been identified for construction of micro composting units that will serve 7.13 lakh households in 1,458 wards, source in the Urban Development Department added.