Udupi, April 03, 2022: The Karnataka government plans to set up 50 Material Recovery Facility (MRF) units across the state, to manage the dry wastes collected in rural areas.
State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Minister K. S. Eshwarappa told this after inaugurating the MRF at Nitte Gram Panchayat limits on Sunday. The unit is set up under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) project.
“The unit inaugurated today at Nitte Panchayat is excellent and the Solid Waste Disposal problem faced by the Gram Panchayats will be addressed properly. Fifty similar units will be launched across the state this year. The establishment of these units will generate employment for the local people as well as realize the Prime Minister’s vision of Swachh Bharat,” he said.
Defining the unit as the first of its kind in the country, the minister asked all the Zilla Panchayat CEOs in the state to visit and adopt them in their respective districts.
The Minister said that he would highlight the unit during the meeting of Rural Development Ministers in New Delhi and seek financial assistance for setting up the units.
On the issue of Thermocol waste disposal in the district, Eshwarappa said that permission will be given soon to set up a unit at a cost of Rs.50 lakh to treat it scientifically.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shobha Karandlaje defined the unit at Nitte as a model for the country.
“There is a lot of emphasis on programs on scientific disposal of waste.
While the wet wastes are converted to manure, the solid wastes are converted to resources,” she added.
Energy, Kannada, and Culture Minister Sunil Kumar presided over the program.
He said that despite opposition to the setting up of the plant, it is doing well with the cooperation of the public.