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SHILLONG | August 18, 2019:

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has said that the State Government is taking steps to address the issues with the marten dumping ground at Mawlai Mawiong.

“We are trying to work out how to convert the wastes being dumped at Marten into something which is productive. There are two to three options and projects which the State Government is currently examining” Sangma while speaking at a function to inaugurate the Shillong-Mawlai Bypass and the Mawkynroh police outpost yesterday.

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He said that they are also trying to find out ways and means how the Urban Affairs department, Forest and Environment department and the Shillong Municipal Board could manage the dumping ground at Mawlai Mawiong in a much better way. “We would not like to see litters fall into the streams and Umiam lake,” Sangma said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister informed that the State Government is also examining on the possibilities of converting waste into energy.

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He said that they are currently in talks with the two to three private sector companies to develop model of converting waste into energy. “We are hopeful in the next few months some concrete decision would taken in this connection,” he said.

Earlier, Meghalaya Urban Affairs Minister, Hamletson Dohling informed that there are two to three parties who have offered the State Government their land for development of new sanitary landfill site.

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“The Government requires land for development of the new sanitary landfill site. But we have now decided to adopt a new strategy to select the land for the landfill site since we had bitter experience of people opposing the project after being finalized,” Dohling had stated.

When asked that people are opposing to the project after seeing the condition of Marten, Urban Affairs Minister said that he would like to assure that the new landfill site will not become another Marten.

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