The Urban Development& Poverty Alleviation Department yesterday conducted a one day training on Making of Papers Bags for members of Self Help Groups in and around Lunglei Town. Lunglei Additional DC Pu R. Vanrengpuia graced the inauguration.

The Lunglei Town Sanitation Task Force, the apex body regarding sanitation matters in the District, had in its earlier meetings dated 27th September, 2019 and 26th February 2020, decided on a gradual phasing out of single use plastics across the District. As such, the training yesterday was a concrete step towards attaining this goal, with the Task Force presently exploring and studying various eco friendly alternatives to single use plastics, ranging from cloth bags to paper pouches and bags. Apart from the primary aim of offering alternatives to plastic bags, the initiative has a wider goal of spreading awareness and educating citizens to be more mindful of their plastic use habits.   

Member Secretary, Lunglei District Sanitation Task Force, Lunglei DUDO chaired the function. Pi R. Lalhmunmawii, Zobawk was the trainer at this event. 

The Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and The Mizoram Solid Waste Management Bye Laws 2018 are being implemented in a phased manner within Lunglei Town. Campaign to segregate waste by using a 3-bin system is also underway. At present, waste collection in 16 out of the 24 town area localities are being managed by the either YMA or the Village Council. On the issue of the proposed Solid Waste Management Centre at Riangvai Thlanmual, on the outskirts of the town, the UD&PA Department has submitted the required documents to the Central Government for Environmental clearance.  -DIPR

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