A Pilot City for Solid Waste Management (SWM)
Solid Waste Management is one of the most important functions of the urban local Bodies (ULBs). SWM function is directly linked with the beautification, environment, hygiene of the city and are directly related with the health of the people. The Municipal Solid Waste Management is the pressing demand from the community all over the urban areas in Himachal Pradesh. This service falls under the essential charter of the duties of our Municipal Governance.
Solid waste management has received particular attention to urban local bodies (ULBs) in Himachal Pradesh; National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken serious view of the dismail state of affairs in Management of SWM and issued direction to State Government as well as ULBs to tackle the problem of Solid Waste Management (SWM). NGT is closely monitoring the Management of Solid Waste in Urban areas in Himachal Pradesh. Department of Urban Development has taken the initiative to make cities free from the solid waste and in this regard Sunder Nagar and Dharamshala Municipal Councils has chosen as pilot city in the State. After successful implementation of SWM project in the pilot city, it can be replicated in all the ULBs of Himachal Pradesh.
In this regard to enhance the capacities of the elected representatives, officials, Community Based Organizations, Mahila Mandals, Yuvak Mandals, Community leader’s etc. capacity building programmes is essential to involve all stakeholders in the process for making cities free from solid waste.
Solid waste is any material which comes from domestic, commercial, and industrial sources arising from human activities which is of no use to the people who possess it and not intended to be discharged through a pipe. Solid waste is classified into domestic, commercial due to construction and demolition, agricultural, institutional and miscellaneous ways. Many times domestic and commercial wastes are considered together as urban waste.