City students urged to undertake better waste disposal practices
GUWAHATI: With a view to create awareness about better waste disposal practices among students, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) organised an orientation programme on waste management at Happy Child High School on November 5.
This was a part of the ‘I Love Guwahati’ campaign which the GMC had launched which intended to create awareness in the city on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. These orientation programmes are one of the steps that GMC has taken to promote and propagate the idea of ‘Swachhata’ (cleanliness) in the city.
The Swachh Bharat Mission organizes Swachh Survekshan every year wherein all the urban local bodies (ULBs) are ranked on basis of cleanliness standards of the city. Guwahati has been participating in this competition for the last three years and the officials are trying their best to increase the city ranking.
The orientation programme on November 5 was addressed by GMC Commissioner Monalisa Goswami, Additional Commissioner GMC Deba Kumar Mishra, Specialist on Waste Segregation Dr. Pradip Baishya among others.
A similar programme was earlier also organised in Cotton Collegiate and shall be conducted in other schools and colleges too over the coming months.
Speaking earlier during the launch of the ‘I love Guwahati’ campaign, GMC Commissioner Monalisa Goswami said, “I appeal to all citizens, if they love Guwahati, to come forward and help the GMC in segregation of waste. They must dispose waste segregating them into organic and non-organic waste. Green coloured bins are for disposing organic waste while blue is for non-organic waste. Please help the GMC in making the campaign a success.”
Officials informed that youth, being the future torch-bearers of the nation, need to be moulded and guided properly to run the nation smoothly. Keeping this in mind, GMC has targeted all schools and colleges of Guwahati for the orientation programmes.
Stressing on the significance of the campaign, principal, Happy Child High School, Neelanjana Chakravarty said, “It is a noble idea and it's for Guwahati. We all need to work as a team to ensure a better, cleaner and brighter future for Guwahati. So as a team we will work for it, and we will and we can.”
Further, speaking during the programme, chairperson of the school, Nirmal Aggarwal mentioned, “Children know about cleanliness, particularly today we have made it very clear and I hope that with the efforts of the principal and the other teachers, we will eventually be successful."
Specialist in waste segregation and assistant professor at Assam Engineering College, Dr. Pradip Baishya reiterated the need to segregate waste right at the source into wet and dry waste.
“It is important to segregate the waste at the source otherwise it gets very difficult to separate the waste at a later stage. It is an appeal to all the citizens to help the waste collectors by keeping dry and wet waste separately,” said Baishya.