Meghalaya: Three sites shortlisted for development of new landfill site in the city

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SHILLONG, March 23, 2018: With the landfill sites at Marten, Mawlai Mawiong has outlive its life span, Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling told the Assembly that the Government have identified three sites for development of a new landfill site for Shillong city.

"The Government have shortlisted the three sites after it was found that they are suitable for setting up of the new landfill site. After obtaining the necessary environment clearance, the land acquisition shall be initiated after which the waste processing and disposal facilities shall be developed at the final selected site," Dohling told the Assembly while replying to the question raised by Congress legislator Process T Sawkmie during the Question Hour in the Assembly today.

He also said that environmental impact assessment for using the sites for processing and disposal facilities of solid waste will be prepared and presented to the stakeholders and public. To queries in this regard posed by Opposition member Ampareen Lyngdoh of the Congress, the minister said a Task Force Committee was looking for an alternate site even as he said the department was concerned over the public inconvenience being caused by the present dumping ground.

Interestingly, Urban Affairs Minister revealed that the previous Congress led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) – II had wanted to turn a proposed landfill site in the outskirts of the city into a tourist destination According to Dohling, the idea of developing the processing and disposal facilities at Umsawli slowed down on August 17, 2017, when a joint inspection was conducted by the then Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma.

"It was decided that since looking at the potential of the site earmarked for the sanitary landfill, the same should instead be developed as a tourist resort or as a facility from tourism perspective," Dohling told the House.

The Urban Affairs Minister informed that as a follow up to this inspection report a decision to hand over the site to tourism department was taken by the NSTDA committee chaired by the Chief Secretary.

On the development of the existing land filled sites at Marten, he informed that a new compost plant in place of the old one is being constructed under the ADB-MoUD assisted NERCCDIP at a cost of Rs 15.79 crore and the estimated time of completion of the work is Janaury 2019.

Dohling also told the House that the development of a sanitary landfill at the same site is also being taken up over an area of 15000 square meters at an estimated cost of Rs 27.09 crores. "Phase one of the work over an area of 6500 square meters was completed and commissioned on October 2, 2017. The same is being used at present for non-degradable waste," the Urban Affairs Minister said.

Meanwhile, Dohling informed that phase two which cost Rs 19.33 crores is in progress and about 55 percent is over and scheduled for completion in December 2018.

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