Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday took stock of the progress of the solid waste management project being constructed at Lekai in upper Assam, Dibrugarh.

It may be noted that the waste management project is being constructed under the Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Programme involving a financial outlay of Rs 75 crore.

The project with an installed capacity of 100 metric tonnes will produce 40-tonne biofertilizer as a bi-product.

During his inspection to the site, CM Sonowal said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of making India a clean, green and an ideal country.

To reach the target, Sonowal said that the government of Assam in its bid has taken steps for setting up solid waste management projects at different places.

He also said that 98 urban areas have been identified for setting up the projects.

With the scientific management of solid wastes, steps will be taken to generate by-products like bio-fertilisers, diesel, granules to be used for high way construction by using state of the art technologies.

With the solid waste generated in Dibrugarh and its peripheral areas, a target has been taken to produce 40-tonne bio-fertilises, the Chief Minister added.

Sonowal also emphasised that there should be adequate infrastructure in place for distributing the bio-fertilisers produced as by-products from the project to different agricultural fields, tea gardens etc. for increasing their productivity.

The completion of the project in Dibrugarh will lead to the fulfilment of the long-standing demand of the people for scientific solid waste management in the town and its adjoining areas which will also set a model and guideline for other solid waste management projects in other urban areas of the state.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com