A state-level programme for technical hands in Kerala Solid Waste Management Project (KSWMP) concluded today with a call for stronger role of experts in developing sustainable models of managing both solid and liquid wastes.
Such participation is essential for the government to achieve its targets under the ambitious Malinya Muktham Nava Keralam campaign, delegates noted at the three-day event in Mulangunnathukavu, 10 km north of the city.
Kerala Additional Chief Secretary Sarada Muraleedharan, interacting with the participants online, highlighted how governmental support and involvement of the public have added to the success of the on-going Waste-free Kerala campaign. She expressed the confidence that the training programmes will help the state address the issue of waste management in a more effective way and present another model to the country.
Engineers of local bodies as well as the Suchitwa Mission and KSWMP must get involved in the administration’s garbage-handling projects from the “very beginning”, said Sandeep K.G., Chief Engineer with the state’s Department of Local Self Government (LSG).
“If many of our earlier projects in solid-waste management did not achieve the desired results, it was mainly due to the non-involvement of technical hands, especially engineers, from the planning level,” he said at the July 13-15 programme in Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA).
The speakers at the event stressed the need for taking forward the government’s efforts to infuse energy and guidance to the campaign by leveraging the services of young professionals at LSG institutions across the state.
KILA Assistant Director Dr Amritha K.P.N. welcomed the participants. Suchitwa Mission Director (Solid Waste) Jyothish Chandran G. proposed thanks.
Engineers from various districts and experts in solid waste management participated in the workshop.