Expert lecture by Mr. P.U. Asnani, Chairman, Urban Management Consultants (UMC-Global), member on the expert panel to draft the National Manual on Solid Waste Management constituted by the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India and country’s renowned expert on urban governance and solid waste management was organized on 23rd February, 2017 by School of Computer Studies, Ahmedabad University in association with SCS-AU CSI Student Branch and coordinated by Prof. Aditya Patel.
Mr. Asnani started the session with discussion on importance of cleanliness and cleanliness related issues in towns and cities of India, in context of “Clean India Mission”. He explained various problems related to cleanliness scenario in India like – no storage of waste at source, no segregation of recycle waste, no door to door collection and no segregation of waste at source. Cleanliness and solid waste management (SWM) is an obligatory function of Urban Local Bodies, however, Municipal authorities give low priority to SWM and allocate negligible funds to modernize systems of SWM. He explained about the importance to segregate waste into various categories like bio-degradable, non-bio degradable, e-waste, plastic and metal waste. He shared the new guidelines and mandate for cleanliness and solid waste management in national manual on solid waste management rules, 2016 prepared by Ministry of Urban Development. It is mandatory for every waste generator to segregate and store the waste generated by them in three separate streams namely bio-degradable, non-degradable and domestic hazardous wastes in suitable bins and handover segregated wastes to waste collectors in their city/town. Mr. Asnani emphasized on the use of ICT and digital initiatives by municipal authorities for modernization and effective monitoring of cleanliness and solid waste management in large cities/towns of India. He gave new ideas on use of ICT and digital platform in context of Ahmedabad for effective waste management, monitoring of private contractors/vehicles and their routes for waste collection for better cleanliness and administration by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
The lecture was attended by more than 100 students, faculty and staff members. There was interesting discussion and brainstorming questions by audience on how to use ICT and technology for contributing to clean Ahmedabad.