Kerala’s Rs 2,400-crore Waste Management Project
Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the Rs 2,400-crore Kerala Solid Waste Management Project (KSWMP) as part of the ‘Malinya Muktham Navakeralam’ campaign, aiming for a garbage-free state.
Industries Minister P Rajeeve unveiled innovative designs for material collection and resource recovery facilities, while Congress leader Hibi Eden launched a Grievance Redressal Mechanism. The project, supported by the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, seeks to elevate Kerala’s waste management by 2024. The first phase showed success with increased doorstep garbage collection. Penalties collected from improper disposal reached Rs 1.60 crores, with informers contributing image-based tip-offs to the cause.
What is the objective of Kerala’s Solid Waste Management Project (KSWMP)?
The KSWMP aims to create an effective waste management system in Kerala, striving to make the state garbage-free and capable of handling the challenges posed by increasing urbanization.
How is urbanization impacting waste management in Kerala?
Chief Minister Vijayan noted that rapid urbanization is transforming Kerala, presenting both opportunities and challenges. Adapting modern waste management techniques is essential to address these urbanization-related issues.
What key components were introduced during the inauguration?
During the inauguration, Industries Minister P Rajeeve unveiled new designs for material collection and resource recovery facilities. Congress leader Hibi Eden launched a Grievance Redressal Mechanism, enhancing public engagement in waste management.
What was the outcome of the first phase of KSWMP?
The first phase of KSWMP resulted in a significant increase in doorstep garbage collection, rising from 48% to 78%. The success is reflected in the reduced instances of illegitimate garbage heaps across the state.
How is the KSWMP financed, and what sub-projects are planned for the current year?
KSWMP is backed by the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The current year will witness the launch of sub-projects worth Rs 300 crores across municipalities and corporations to strengthen solid-waste management infrastructure.
How are penalties being collected, and how are informers involved?
Authorities collected penalties totaling Rs 1.60 crores from improper waste disposal. Informers play a role by contributing image-based tip-offs that result in fines, with informers receiving a share of the penalties as a consolation.
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