Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb indicated that his government is considering the imposition of a fine for littering, unscientific disposal of waste and urination in open space soon to ensure compliance of the direction of National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding waste management.
While addressing the inauguration of a weeklong training program of Solid and Liquid Waste Management in Agartala on July 2, the chief minister reiterated that the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) was well before the direction of NGT came and citizens of the country have joined hand in the crusade to make India clean.
“Tripura has also marked a significant development in the implementation of SBA and by this time Udaipur and Sonamura of the state have been awarded for cleanliness at the national level. The cleanliness movement of prime minister has already been reached to the grassroots level but to achieve cent per cent success, all of use to join hand in mission mode,” Deb stated.
He said besides, seeking wholehearted public participation in waste management program, the state government has undertaken measures for strengthening institutional mechanism. The door to door collection of waste and emphasis has been given on the segregation of solid waste at the source and progress has been made on the processing of waste and monetizing it, Deb said.
“Despite mass awareness and repeated appeals from a different level, the habit of littering of waste including plastic items in drains and water bodies remained as a major problem for Agartala. The habit of open urination is still a practice among a section of the citizens, which is not only creating a problem for waterlogging and inundation in the city, also appeared as shame for civilization. We shall be going to impose fine on such activities to make Tripura green,” Deb pointed out.
As many as 500 master trainers including more than 200 women from 49 wards of Agartala Municipal Corporation, 20 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats, representatives from 24 model villages of the state and BSF Jawans have participated in the training who would be the main brigade of the government to carry out the whole task of waste management.