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Press Release

December 2, 2016

JICA Assisted Kolkata’s Global Award on Solid Waste Management

PhotoCompost Plant for recycling the waste at Uttarpara-Kotrung

Mexico City/New Delhi, December 2, 2016: Kolkata Solid Waste Management Improvement Project (KSWMIP), which has been assisted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for ten years, contributed to Kolkata winning the prestigious "Solid Waste Category Award" at Mexico City at C40 Mayors Summit on Dec. 1st, 2016. C40 is a network of the world's megacities, such as New York, Tokyo and London, committed to addressing climate change.

Kolkata was nominated and competed with two finalist cities, Auckland and Milan, in the field of solid waste category. Mr. Dilip Yadav, Chairman of Uttarpara-Kotrung municipality of Kolkata, which participates in JICA supported project, attended the ceremony representing the KSWMIP.

Speaking on the occasion Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India office said "It is an utmost honour for JICA to have contributed for this prestigious award with Japanese technology. JICA congratulates the citizens of Kolkata and all the stakeholders who have contributed to make KSWMIP a huge global success. JICA's objective to assist this project was to support and improve the living environment and hygiene conditions of the people in the Kolkata region and help in safeguarding the natural environment. This award will be a testimony of JICA's work and contributions to the people of India. This exceptional opportunity and recognition would act as a good example for future similar category projects not only in India."

JICA is assisting KSWMIP, through provision of soft loan and technical transfer, to achieved 60-80% segregation of waste at its source, with further waste segregation occurring at transfer stations. Segregation contributes composting of biodegradable waste at these transfer stations and enhancing more recycling. By making compost, ‘Bads' turned into ‘Goods' and illegal dumping reduced dramatically in project area. In the project, India's first controlled sanitary landfill site was introduced and measures are also in place to preserve ground water quality within 50m of the landfill site periphery.

Furthermore, the project has enhanced public awareness through street drama and lecture in schools. Solid waste management project is a big challenge to change people's mindset of waste. It is important to raise public awareness and to teach from childhood.

JICA continues supporting in the field of hygiene for better livelihood in India.

PhotoSanitary Landfill Site at Baidyabati

PhotoRaising Public Awareness for the project by distribution of literature

About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40):

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 11th year, connects more than 80 of the world's greatest cities, representing 600+ million people and one-quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. C40's work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and their cities, please visit www.c40.org (external link)

About JICA

Establish, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's biggest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.

For further information, please contact:
JICA India Office
Ai Tachikawa/ Vini Sharma
+91 11 47685500
Tachikawa.Ai@jica.go.jp / sharmavini.id@jica.go.jp


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