Shillong, October 02: Meghalaya Urban Affairs Minister RV Lyngdoh today inaugurated the Phase 1 of the Sanitary Landfill, for disposal of processed rejects and inert waste, at Marten, Mawlai in presence of FR Kharkongor, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Urban Affairs Department, and E Kharmalki, Director, Urban Affairs Department. Other dignitaries who were present included T Dkhar, Senior Technical Director, NIC, Meghalaya, BS Sohliya, Chief Executive Officer, Shillong Municipal Board and B Dutta, Former Project Director, SIPMIU. The project was funded by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and the Asian Development Bank.
Dedicating the landfill site to the citizens of the city, Meghalaya Urban Affairs Minister RV Lyngdoh said that the landfill site will go a long way in keeping the city clean by ensuring that the waste generated are properly segregated and dumped in the site. He also said that the government is embarking upon other technological based solutions on waste management to make Meghalaya a garbage free state.
The sanitary landfill site will be developed in an area of 15,000 sq. metres which is part of the 18 acres of land diverted by the Forest Department to the SMB for waste disposal and management. In the first phase, 6,500 sq. metres was developed for the purpose at a cost of Rs 7.57 crore; the work was completed in May, 2017. The landfill has a design life of three years and nine months. Both phase 1 and phase 2 of the Sanitary Landfill will cater to the requirement of about 10 years in proper disposal of the inert waste (waste which cannot be processed or recycled) and rejects from processing facilities. The work involves construction of retaining walls to support the cells, laying of geo-membrane over geosynthetic clay liners which will prevent seepage of leacheate coming from the waste into the ground. The leacheate will instead be collected by leacheate pipes laid at the bottom of the cells and taken to a leacheate treatment tank to avoid contamination of groundwater. The cells will be filled up by the rejects coming from the compost plant or any other treatment units and will be rolled and covered with soil or other inert at appropriate intervals. On final closing of these cells, the entire landfill will be covered with vegetation and can be used for other purposes.
During the programme, the Urban Affairs Minister also distributed the prizes and certificates to the winners of Shillong Hackathon 2017 along with handing over certificates to two localities namely Upper Lansonalane and Cleve Colony, for best practices in waste management and maintenance of cleanliness.