Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma termed the issue of garbage dumping a complicated one which has compelled the government to take a tough stand. 

Sangma’s reaction comes at a time when the Jowai administration has been facing a stiff challenge to dump garbage at identified landfill sites.  

Sangma explained that wherever the government is identifying dumping ground for garbage, there is resentment from the local residents. “The situation is such that the government is now forced to take a tough stand,” said Sangma.

He said a meeting was held between the deputy chief minister and urban affairs department to discuss the issue and the decision will be made public in a day or two.

Sangma said a solution for garbage woes cannot be found instantly.

He also cited the example of how Tura in Garo Hills has tied up with a South Korean company where the garbage disposal system of converting waste into energy blocks is working really well. “The government did not spend anything; it was all done by the company,” said Sangma.

Asked if people or traditional heads should be held accountable, Sangma said that can be something that they can look at as a long-term solution.

“Yes, certain laws can be made keeping in mind traditional laws and land rights that are there. Balancing all those aspects, how we could come up with a balanced law, making people accountable…definitely that can be explored,” Sangma added.

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