TS following best practices in solid waste management

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Principal Secretary for MA&UD Arvind Kumar at the Regional Monitoring Committee (South) meeting in Chennai.

Hyderabad: Principal Secretary for Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Arvind Kumar on Friday said that Telangana was giving top priority to solid waste management and was following the best practices among the southern States.

He was speaking at the Regional Monitoring Committee (South) meeting in Chennai on implementation of orders of National Green Tribunal on Solid Waste Management rules.

He explained that the State was following best practices on Solid Waste Management such as improvement in sanitation through Swachh Autos in GHMC, capping of Jawahar Nagar dumpyard, introduction of e-autos for door-to-door collection of garbage besides signing an MoU with QCI (Quality Control of India) to monitor implementation of SWM rules.

He said that Telangana was the only State in the country to have introduced a policy on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management and also bring out its own policy on solid waste management. Arvind Kumar further requested that NGT may take up with the Centre to earmark dedicated funds under the 15th Finance Commission for SWM activities to implement the SWM rules 2016 in letter and spirit. He also presented policy copies of State Municipal Solid Waste Management and State Faecal Sludge Management policy to the committee chairperson Justice P Jyothimani during the meeting.