A Study on Current Status of Municipal Solid Waste Management Practices in Cuddalore Municipality, IndiaWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Management of Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) continues to remain one of the most neglected major issues in Indian cities due to the rapid urbanization, urban population growth and industrialization. Most of local administrations are directly dumping MSW without any segregation and treatment to the open dumping site, this manner of inappropriate disposal of MSW is become a major threat to the environments and public health in developing countries like India. The study area Cuddalore is a class I city and historical coastal town having a population of about 1.5 lakh and situated 160 km from the capital city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Frequent field visits were conducted to collect the primary data and to understand the MSW management systems in the city, including interaction and interviews with the various officials and workers of the municipality responsible for MSW Management and residents of the city. As like other Indian cities an effective, appropriate, systematic and sustainable waste management system is still non existent in Cuddalore due to lack of infrastructure, resources and proper management plan. The existing MSW management system in the city is found to be highly ineffective. The city administration is only practicing collection, transportation and open dumping as MSW management activities at present in the city. The aims of this paper to assess current status of municipal waste management scenario and highlighted some suggestions for the efficient, appropriate MSW management which can help any urban local administration responsible for MSW management.
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