GUWAHATI, Sept 10 - As part of a joint initiative by Kamakhya Devalaya, Care Assam and Eco Waste Management, the setting up of a scientific waste management for the holy shrine of Goddess Kamakhya got a kick-start on Sunday.
The project has been undertaken under the technical guidance of Dr Pradip Baishya, president of Care Assam and initiatives of Bhupesh Sarma, secretary of Kamakhya Devalaya.
�An in-situ waste segregating and processing system is being planned and implemented for this popular shrine which is one of the 10 iconic places in India and a major tourist attraction. There could not have been a better place for the auspicious beginning of a proper waste management system than Kamakhya Devalaya where people from all walks of life from all over the world throng,� Dr Baishya said.
The plan for creating a Swachh Kamakhya consists of an integrated waste segregating and processing system in the temple campus developed by Eco Waste Management is the essence of this project.
Care Assam organised a daylong campaign in the temple campus on Sunday with the objective of sensitising the devotees on the importance of waste management and being responsible to garbage disposal.
Dr Baishya, who is also an Assistant Professor from Assam Engineering College, Guwahati, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mohit Sarma and Kabindra Prasad Sarma, Doloi of Kamakhya Devalaya were the guests of honour.
A street play by youngsters was performed to propagate the message of creating a Swachh Bharat. Waste segregating bins have been installed inside the temple campus with relevant information. Leaflets with information on responsible waste disposal procedures were also distributed to the public. Specially-designed waste segregating bins were also distributed to shopkeepers in the area as part of the first testing phase of the project.
There were demonstrations of portable composting techniques like the Rotary Drum Composter in different sizes which can be used for community and also at household level. There was also a felicitation ceremony of four waste cleaners of Kamakhya temple for providing hygienic cleaning services.
�Devotees in thousands gather in temples and pay offerings to the goddess that include flowers, fruits, incense sticks, earthen lamps, food items, etc. Most or parts of these offerings are discarded once the rituals are over, creating litter and polluting the temple environment. India is a country of festivals and there are many occasions all year round where a lot of waste is generated in holy shrines. Besides these there are also all kinds of human activities going on in a busy temple which generate different categories of garbage,� Dr Baishya said, adding that the offerings in temples were also a resource which if disposed scientifically and processed further.