Gangtok, July 3
Gangtok Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Hem Kumar Chettri has appealed the people for their support and cooperation in the solid waste management in GMC area. He asserted that it was the collective responsibility of all stakeholders to maintain Gangtok neat and clean.
Addressing a press conference here today, GMC Commissioner stated that GMC has been doing a tremendous job in maintaining Gangtok neat and clean and has already been awarded with different awards and recognition in recognition of its hardwork. However, he stated that it was now bigger responsibility for GMC to give sustainability to its work. On the same, he urged the people of GMC area to cooperate GMC with their idea, suggestion and support to keep their respective areas neat and clean.
Mr Chettri stated that the present burning issue was the solid waste management in Gangtok. He stated that the situation has been improved to many extend but still need of cooperation and support from all stakeholders make its more effective. He mentioned that the corporation has been strictly following directives of the National Green Tribunal on the solid waste management and also strictly complying directives in the State policy for solid waste management. “GMC is very serious on the solid waste management and we need the equal participation from the public to resolve this issue,” he said.
GMC Commissioner mentioned that the rampant dumping of garbage on the roads was another serious issued before the GMC. He added that 25 trucks of GMC have been taking out garbage every day from different designated routes. He added that despite of working so hard workers of GMC have been facing lots of problems in collecting rampant dumped degradable wastes along the highways in very careless manner. “It has not just been spoiling the beauty of Gangtok but it is also against the dignity of GMC workers, who has been working hard to keep Gangtok neat and clean,” he expressed.
On the same, the Commissioner appealed the people to segregate the degradable and non-degradable wastes at the source and directly handover to the GMC vehicles. “We are appealing the people to support the GMC and if the situation would not improve in near future then we would compel to take strict against,” he said. He informed that the GMC will identify the most affected areas and will install surveillance cameras to identify involve in rampant dumping to take strict action. He stated that house owners will be equally responsible if their tenants have been dumping garbage rampantly.
“If anyone have space and wants to make compost from their degradable wastes then they can come to us and we will to provide them all support in this initiative,” Mr Chettri said. While stressing upon the zero waste is the only solution to reduce garbage, he mentioned that GMC was soon having a meeting with the scarp dealers to collect recycle and reuse materials to support in the zero waste.
Commissioner informed that GMC has been working to make all its facilities and services online in the interest of the people. He mentioned that renewable of trade licenses was going on online and garbage fee has also been linked with the renewable. He added that in the next phase all other services of GMC will be computerised.
He informed that dead parking of vehicles at different parking areas was also an issue in Gangtok. In this regard, he urged the people support GMC in solving parking issue in Gangtok. He added that if the same vehicle will occupy the space whole day then there will be no space for vehicles coming from outside with some works in the town and offices.