Ambala, July 25 (UNI) India's first integrated solid waste management project which could enhance air safety for this airfield town, was launched today at village Patvi near here.
The Union Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja, who inaugurated the centrally-sponsored Rs 10 crore scheme of solid waste management (SWM), said it will prove a boon for the aircrafts and fighter pilots, saving them from the perennial danger of bird hit accidents.
Between 1991-1997, 17 accidents and 574 bird hit incidents claimed precious lives of pilots and several hundred crore to the national exchequer every year.
With the commissioning of the plant spread on 17 acre area, Ms Selja said, the twin cities of Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment would get rid of the filth and garbage and the farmers would get valuable biocompost organic manure and biofertilizers in addiion to the safer skies for the air force.
The project, operated and maintained jointly by Taurant Projects Limited and National Building Construction Corporation, will benefit the twin towns of Ambala and nearby areas.
The Taurant Projects Limited Managing Director Dinesh Lalwani stated that the project would give much needed relief to the residents as well as the Air Force which suffered due to malpractice of dumping of garbage in open areas which attracted birds around the air force station endangering the aircraft.
He said that the project was eco-friendly and had been fenced with green cover of trees and plants planted around it to create the green buffer zone.
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