Sunday, September 7, 2008

RCC takes up Tk 5 crore waste management project

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Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has undertaken a Tk 5 crore household waste management project financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), officials said.

Household waste would be properly collected everyday under the RCC-designed project. At present, residents dump their wastes onto roads and drains due to lack of sufficient dustbins.

For proper collection of garbage, at least 20 new dustbins would be set up in different areas, including Terokhadia, Shaheb Bazar, Laxmipur, Mohishbathan, Kajla, Binodpur and Padma Housing area.

Under the project, household waste would be transformed into natural fertiliser for agricultural use, sources in the RCC said, adding that the garbage collected from households in Rajshahi city can produce five tonnes of fertiliser every day.

"To implement the project, we have already selected the land for acquisition and the city corporation has got a machine worth Tk 70 lakh for turning the waste into fertiliser," said M Ashraful Haque, superintendent engineer of the city corporation.

The project will not only reduce the expenses of the city corporation but also help curb mosquito menace and reduce health hazards for the city dwellers, he added.

At present, the RCC workers collect garbage from the households and keep them in open places, posing threat to public health.

Due to lack of specified sites for dumping of waste, the residents throw garbage into drains, badly affecting the drainage system.

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