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Himachal: National seminar on Issues and challenges related to garbage management to be held in Shimla
Himachal Pradesh is one of the states which is rich in natural resources. Due to its scenic beauty the state has become an attraction for tourists.

People from other states also migrate to the state in search of work. Rapid urbanization and population growth is also increasing. While on the one hand, the state is developing, on the other hand, the environment is degrading.

This can be seen in the visible form of garbage or solid waste. In mountainous terrain very little land is available for turning into landfills or developing waste treatment plants. Most of the treatment plants are built near the riverbanks.

All such treatment plants are built with concrete or iron sheets, which are unsuitable for the climate of Himachal Pradesh.

Rag pikers continue living unhygienic lives as they don't have shelter and are forced to live in the premises of treatment plants. Although the government of Himachal Pradesh has banned plastic bags, the problem of plastic garbage still exists. Plastic packaging of goods is a serious problem in Himachal Pradesh. Burning of plastic is a normal practice in the state which is major source of air pollution. The problem of garbage management can be minimize with the efforts of different stakeholders. Some NGOs and environmentalists are doing there best to sort out this problem.

To find some solutions, students of Sunil Uppadhayaya Educational Trust in collaboration with YATN NGO would be conducting a national seminar on the issues of garbage management in the Himalayas on 28th February 2018 at Shimla. All the stakeholders including academicians, NGOs, researchers and scientists, representatives of the government will find out ways to mange garbage at its source level.

Chief guest of the seminar, Rohit Jamwal, Municipal Commissioner, Shimla and Prof Nagesh Thakur, former national president of the ABVP will inaugurate the seminar. Keynote speakers of this seminar are Environmentalist, Imteyaz Ali; Project Manger Municipal Corporation, Shimla, Dr DP Singh; and Professor of Biotechnology at HPU, Shimla, Dr Arvind Bhatt. Guest of honor of the seminar would be Sachin Dave, National Convener, Students for Development (SFD); and Kunal Satyarthi, Member Secretary, HP Council for Science, Technology & Environment.

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