Monday, November 23, 2009

Govt urged to contain disastrous effect of waste

PATNA: World Federation of Engineering Organization's former vice-president G P Lal said here on Saturday that even though the judiciary has taken

necessary steps for prevention, control and treatment of trade wastes to maintain ecological balance, the government and technologists need to be pro-active for protecting the society from imminent danger.

Inaugurating a three-day all India training programme on hazardous waste management organized by the Patna University (PU)'s Centre for Environment and Nature Conservation (CENC) at the geology auditorium, he said that protection of human beings and the society from the hazardous effects of wastes is also enshrined in our Constitution. He further pleaded for creating awareness among the children about the disastrous effects of wastes.

Former PU vice-chancellor M Mohiuddin, in his presidential remarks, highlighted the effects of hazardous wastes, including electronic wastes, radioactive wastes, paints, heavy metals and organic wastes and stressed on the need of their proper disposal and treatment. Stressing on the need of a global control of climate change, he pointed out that Kyoto Protocol has not yet been rectified by the US whose contribution to the generation of green house gas is the largest.

UNIDO's national project coordinator S Prasad opined that both developed and developing countries should take appropriate steps for maintaining a healthy environment globally and saving the mother Earth.

At the outset, CENC chief executive R C Sinha, in his welcome address, gave a brief account of the professional contributions of CENC in the field of environment and nature preservation. Patna Science College principal Kashi Nath proposed the vote of thanks.

Scientists and environmentalists from different states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Bihar are attending the training programme.