In order to ensure the success of Swachch Bharat Mission, there is a need to set a process in place.
Deliberating on the same, Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, has urged the stakeholders of the waste management sector to take time-bound decisions and put systems in place. The Swachch Bharat Mission was launched by the Government of India on October 2, 2014. It aims to achieve clean India by 2019.
Prakash said that at present, only 15% waste was being treated and managed but in the next four years the government has pledged to treat 100% waste.
Addressing a seminar ‘Waste2Value: Unlocking the Potential of Swachch Bharat Mission’ in line with the Swachch Bharat Mission, organized by
FICCI along with the Ministry of Urban Development, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Netherlands Waste2Value Consortia, he said this was a great opportunity for both public and private players in the waste management sector to contribute towards a greener and cleaner India.
Prakash said that the Government of India would fund the preparation and approval of the Detailed Project Reports but would need the state governments and private sector to partner in driving waste management projects.
He added that policy interventions at the federal level would be needed to make waste management projects viable, hence the government was working on amending many of its policies including the Electricity Act and Waste Management rules.
Referring to Netherlands’ commendable work in the area, Prakash said that Netherlands had already begun work in waste management in some cities of India and was sharing its best practices and technology.
He added that under the MoU signed between the two countries in 2013, waste management was a priority sector and now India needed to make the country litter-free by learning from its Netherlands counterparts and creating sustainable waste management projects.
Alphonsus Stoelinga, Netherlands Ambassador to India, said that the seminar had given a platform to the Dutch consortium to showcase its technology and expertise in the area of waste management. He added that it was impressive to witness the forward-looking and structured approach of India’s Ministry of Urban Development towards waste management. However, he said that India needed to adopt an integrated approach for attaining a sustainable business model.
While introducing Netherlands Waste Management Consortia and their interventions in India, Rutger de Bruijn, Chief Representative of Dutch Consortia in India and Director, Nexus Novus, said that policies and a certain business environment were keys to resolving many complex issues of waste management.
He suggested that pre-approved power purchase agreement for waste to energy, certification for compost, certification for RDF and single window clearances would be effective in increasing the share of PPP in waste management sector, which stood at a dismal 2% at present.
Bruijn said that the consortium was providing customized, adaptable and integrated waste management solutions to strengthen the Indian waste management sector. The consortium, currently moving at a very fast pace, has already signed a contract with the Himachal Pradesh Government to carry out feasibility studies to solve the issues faced by them in managing waste.
He added that the consortium was working with other states of India as well such as Rajasthan, Karnataka, Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Rita Roy Choudhary, Head of Sustainability and Environment, FICCI, said that sustainable waste management involves four pillars - policy, technology, financing, capacity building.