Shillong, May 9: Minister for Urban Affairs Ronnie V. Lyngdoh has called for collective efforts to make Shillong City clean and said that the government would take steps to treat waste water coming out of households and release such treated water into rivers in the city.
Lyngdoh told reporters that the recently ranking released by the Central government where Shillong was placed at 276th position out of 434 cities and towns in the country should be a wakeup call for everyone.
Lyngdoh said that the survey on sanitation situation in cities and towns should have been conducted by an independent agency instead of the Quality Council of India commissioned by the Union Ministry of Urban Development.
He said that it is the responsibility of not the government alone but all citizens to make the city and rivers clean.
Lyngdoh also said that under ‘Bharat Nirman’ which has now been changed into ‘Swacch Bharat’ under the Union Ministry of Urban Development, the State government would undertake solid waste management where waste water coming out of households in the city would be treated so that only treated water should flow into the rivers and streams.
The Urban Affairs Minister also informed that the State government has plan to adopt ‘biomethanation’ a process by which organic material is microbiologically converted under anaerobic conditions to biogas.