GUWAHATI, Aug 9 � On the occasion of completion of its 16 years of existence, the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) today conducted an awareness camp on cleanliness at Ganeshguri and provided 14 dual dustbins and 7 tricycle carts for keeping the city free of garbage.
Selecting busy Ganeshguri for generating awareness on cleanliness was definitely a prudent step as the area, particularly the Ganeshmandir side, always emits a strong stinking smell from rotting garbage. All passersby crossing the stretch from the Ganeshmandir side towards Ganeshguri Chariali have a tough time either pressing their handkerchief over the nose or holding their breath.
Lauding the effort of NEDFi for generating awareness on keeping the city clean, Additional Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) S Thiek said that such efforts should be a continuous process and should be sustained by both the public and the government.
Thiek, making a few suggestions for a clean Guwahati, said that organizations like NEDFi should take the initiative to promote bio-degradable plastic. �Plastic will be there always, so what we can do to keep the environment healthy is to promote bio-degradable plastic,� said Thiek, adding that it should be made mandatory for all proposed industrial units in the city to have a clause on waste disposal.
It needs to be mentioned here that though voices of concern could be heard in regard to the unhygienic conditions, the filth and vanishing trees in the capital city, the situation is yet to improve.
Aggravating the woes of the citizens, swirling sludge from the rapidly encroached hills on a rainy day have been creating a lot of inconvenience right to health problems.
The problem of encroachment on the hills around the city and the consequences have been pointed out by school and college going students who participated in an essay writing competition organised by NEDFi as part of its foundation day celebration.
These young people while suggesting the solution to the various problems afflicting the capital city have called for banning polythene and using jute bags instead.
The young generation has also urged for proper and scientific disposal of waste and they have stressed afforestation for a healthy environment.
Earlier welcoming the gathering at Ganeshguri that included a cross section of citizens, SK Baruah, general manager, NEDFi emphasized the need for awareness on the issue of a clean Guwahati and public support to ensure that all steps towards this end are successful.