Dimapur, August 24: As a follow up of the 20th July consultative meeting under the “100 days Smart City Special Initiative Campaign on Sanitation,” the Kohima Smart City in collaboration with the Green Team Kohima convened a follow up meeting with youth and students organizations based in and around Kohima Town on August 22 at the Angami Students Union Office. Altogether 27 participants from 5 key organizations attended the meeting,
Joint CEO of Kohima Smart City pointed out that youth and students make up the largest chunk of the population and therefore the participating organizations can make the biggest impact.
The discussion was led by the Green Team Kohima and issues of concern raised by the participants were discussed at length. The Angami Youth Organization, Angami Students Union, Kohima Village Students Union and the Kohima Baptist Youth Fellowship shared their concerns and suggestions towards a cleaner and smarter Kohima.
Based on their experiences, the participants raised the need for mass awareness and sensitization while keeping in mind the need to take baby steps which are practical and will have maximum impact. Some members while appreciating the initiative of the ASU where car bins were distributed to taxis in the town suggested that the ASU can take advantage of their association with ANTA and request the ANTA and Bus union to clean and maintain their respective bus and taxi stands.
The KVSU put forward their concern on the need for more dustbins and machinery for garbage collection stating that KMC may consider procuring more machineries by raising sanitation tax if necessary. They also raised the issue of waste management citing the growing quantity of e-waste which may become unmanageable in a few years if not addressed.
The ban on plastic use, its implementation and the use of alternatives to plastic was raised vis-à-vis the fear of a syndicate system which will result in monopoly of the market and its implications.
AYO also stated that modalities need to be set in place before the plastic ban order comes into force so that it can be implemented successfully. They also suggested that the government should explore the possibility of more solid waste management sites to tackle waste management.
The KBYF agreed to take up the suggestion of dedicating 5 minutes in all of their programme to showing slides/clips/promos on plastic pollution and environmental issues as suggested by KVSU.
After thorough deliberations, the organizations jointly adopted two points as practical action plan to be practiced: To dedicate 5 minutes for showing slides/clips/promos on Plastic Pollutuon and Environmental issues in all of their programme and to make a conscious effort to avoid all single use Plastic products in all the programme.
(Page News Service)