Bengaluru-based firm to manage e-waste in Odisha capital

A Bengaluru-based firm and a local consultancy will work on the e-waste management project which is set to start from June first week.

Published: 20th May 2017 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th May 2017 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: A Bengaluru-based firm and a local consultancy will work on the e-waste management project which is set to start from June first week.

The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) on Friday interacted with experts from these two firms - Sofies Sustainability Leaders Pvt Ltd and City-based Siddha Development Research and Consultancy on modalities of the project.

A consortium including BSCL officials will implement the e-waste project which is being executed under the Eco-Cities programme of International Finance Corporation-European Union.

The initiative would create systematic mechanism for collection and storage of e-waste. The project would include workshops, knowledge-sourcing, a robust e-waste collection network and alternative sites for disposal of e-waste.

An actionable plan including awareness generation will be chalked out by end of August. The BSCL is identifying significant resources associated with purchase and dismantling of e-waste generated in the Capital City.

"A coordination committee will be set up to liaison with industry associations and regulatory authorities like Odisha State Pollution Control Board to build robust and hassle free mechanism,’’ a BSCL official said.

The stakeholders have pointed out the role of rag-pickers and traditional handlers in disposal of e-waste. The new system would also ensure that their livelihood is not affected, the official added.

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