NAGPUR: In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) under the Swachh Maharashtra initiative. In Nagpur, Neeri’s main focus area will be solid waste management and sewage treatment, apart from bio-medical waste management, rejuvenation of lakes and other environment related issues.
Neeri will now provide technical guidance on various developmental aspects of Smart cities including solid waste management, sanitation, urban planning, health, water supply and sewage treatment.
According to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, open defecation continues to be the biggest challenge for the state. “We have suffered a lot due to non-planning of cities. We are determined to make all cities open defecation free by 2017 but it is possible only when Swachh Maharashtra becomes a people’s movement,” said Fadnavis in a recent function in Mumbai. He had also stressed that future development projects should be planned taking into consideration environmental aspects.
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