Meghalaya was very keen to cooperate with the Republic of Korea.

The Meghalaya government is exploring the possibility of bringing in South Korean firm, Chamhana Technology Research Institute to help the state address the problem of waste management.

During a bilateral meeting between Meghalaya government officials and a delegation from South Korea led by Ambassador, Shin Bong-Kil, issues related to solid waste management, closure, reclamation, restoration, rehabilitation of mining affected areas and polluted rivers and water bodies were discussed.

Shin told reporters that Meghalaya was very keen to cooperate with the Republic of Korea in areas such as reclamation of abandoned mines, restoration of water bodies, in which South Korea has the expertise and experience to carry out the same.

Shin shared stories of how Korea acquired the technology for closure, reclamation, restoration, rehabilitation of mining affected areas and polluted rivers & water bodies.

He informed that Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma would also lead a team of delegates from the state to South Korea and hoped that this would further strengthen the ties between the two governments particularly in undertaking various collaborative projects.

The South Korean Ambassador to India came to Shillong along with a delegation to take part in the 4th India International Cherry Blossom Festival which concluded on Saturday.

Shin Bong-kil said the meeting discussed about the possibility of bringing in Chamhana company to Meghalaya.

“We discussed issues related to solid waste management, coal mining and land reclamation and how to purify polluted and acidic water in rivers and streams in the mining areas. We also discussed about cooperation between Meghalaya and South Korea,” he said.

Shin informed that more interactions will take place with Meghalaya when the chief minister, Conrad K Sangma would visit South Korea from November 23 to 27 and decide further after getting reports from the Meghalaya government.

He praised the beauty of Shillong city and compared its similarity to Dharamshala, a city in Himachal Pradesh.

The meeting was also attended by Meghalaya home minister James K Sangma, forest and environment minister Lahkmen Rymbui and officials of the forest department .

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