SILCHAR, Oct 4 - Despite the hullabaloo over keeping the cities clean and launching of drives to amass public support towards the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign, Silchar is ranked 8th in the list of ten most unclean cities across the country.
Expressing serious concern on the developments, Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy said that the ranking is not a thing to be proud of and people must be made aware of the unsavoury situation.
In his address at the ceremonial handing over of the first consignment of inorganic matter from the Solid Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) centre here on Thursday, Dr Roy said, �our rank is 8th in the list of top ten unclean cities in the country. Hence we must realise the need to improve the situation. Garbage must be disposed every 12 hours and SLRM activities must be widely accepted and practised across the town.�
The MP along with Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar, Silchar MLA Dilip Kumar Paul, Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri and chairperson of local civic board NN Tagore flagged off the first consignment of inorganic matter in the form of cardboard weighing 1,010 kg worth Rs 15,000 to a local dealer of scrap goods.
Despite atmospheric and territorial challenges, the workers at the SLRM centre have been able to convert a substantial quantity of waste into saleable resource in just 79 days of its journey.
Project Coordinator C Srinivasan informed that assignment at the SLRM centre is for a period of 18 months only while his team has only 15 more months left to accomplish the target.
Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar announced that to make the centre more well-equipped with resources for recycling of waste, he would chip in with financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh in order to procure a parabolic solar heater.
Silchar MLA Dilip Kumar Paul also said that since the will to work for a change is visible, there will be ways to make things better and informed that he would also make a suitable contribution to empower the centre.
Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri in her speech underscored the possibilities of turning Silchar free of trash and urged all the stakeholders to pitch in efforts to make it worth a resource-oriented destination for sustainable development in the coming days.