The second day of the innovation conference continued yesterday. In the first session chaired By Sam Pitroda, during the Q&A session, I remarked that getting landfill sites for cities was becoming increasingly difficult because land was scarce, and almost unavailable for dumping solid wastes, even after exhausting the 3 Rs (Reduce, re-use, recycle). Because of NIMBYism (Not-In-My-BackYard), nobody wanted to have a garbage dump site near one's place. So as existing sites filled up, alternatives are hard to find. For Kolkata, it is even worse, I said, because the traditional dumping stes at Dhapa were now considered East Kolkata wetlands and under Ramsar convention restrictions, could not be so used as landfill sites. I remarked that similar situtation may be faced by small countries like Singapore / Japan etc and suggested if the National Innovation Council could find some innovative technical solutions. Mr Sam Pitroda remarked that he'd seen huge mountain-like waste disposal sites in Detroit. But, according to him, it required only a little technique. Looks like, I have to enquire about the Detroit Style Landfill.
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