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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Discusses Waste Management And Carbon Neutrality For Smart Cities At World Economic Forum’s Davos Meet

The discussions took place at Davos, where the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is underway till January 26

Maharashtra CM Discusses Waste Management At World Economic Forum’s Davos Meet
Highlights
  • Hitachi officials discussed waste management with Maharashtra CM
  • Maharashtra is the highest waste generating state in India
  • The CM also discussed carbon neutrality with Siemens officials

New Delhi: India’s presence at the World Economic Forum’s annual meet held at Davos from January 23 to 26 has been touted as a show to reckon with. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plenary address at the meet in the presence of International dignitaries, Ministers and CEOs, the annual meeting displayed a show of solidarity for India and instilled hopes of investments. The interest in India is not restricted to the manufacturing and booming service sector it seems, as a multinational Japanese conglomerate has expressed interest in working with the government of Maharashtra to explore technological solutions in solid and liquid waste management.

Senior officials of Hitachi met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on January 24, discussing possibilities of exploring new technical solutions to manage waste effectively. Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of being the biggest generator of solid waste in India, as per a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report. The state generates more than 26,000 tonnes of solid waste per day, of which only 60 per cent is treated and the rest is dumped in landfills. The numbers themselves are an indication of how badly Maharashtra needs to revamp of its waste management system. A partnership with a globally renowned company working in this arena is just what the state needs.

Lack of scientific landfills and infrastructure to manage waste is a problem across all Indian states and Maharashtra is no exception. Hitachi has been a torchbearer of effective waste management and follows a strict policy of waste segregation in the company’s offices. Hitachi has also worked on developing technologies that aid in waste composting and recycling. For Maharashtra, and India as well, such scientific and technologically advanced solutions are a must to tackle the growing waste problem.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also met Neike Cedrik, Managing Board Member of Siemens to discuss solutions for carbon neutrality in Smart Cities. Maharashtra is currently on the verge of developing nine cities as a part of the Smart Cities Mission, the Ministry of Urban Development’s urban renewal mission. The cities of Kalyan, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Pune and Solapur will undergo development under the Smart Cities Mission. Being eco-friendly is one of the primary objectives of the urban renewal mission and the discussion between Mr Fadnavis and Siemens officials could pave way for these cities to become evironmentally sustainable with integrated systems of scientific waste management.

During the plenary address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited investors to India, promising them health and prosperity. And proper waste management system can ensure both. With discussions on environment and waste management with two global conglomerates, Maharashtra will be hoping for positive outcomes which can benefit the state in the long run.

Also Read: Involving Community Members And Focusing On Behavioural Change Makes Maharashtra Top Performing State Since Launch Of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

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