NSDMA directs DDMAs in Nagaland to address environmental hazards

Kohima, June 14 (MExN): The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) has issued an urgent directive aimed at preventing and controlling environmental hazards resulting from the irresponsible disposal of plastic waste and non-degradable garbage. 

This directive, issued under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, section 22 (2) (b) (h) and (i), outlines measures to be taken in the public interest.

According to the State DIPR, the NSDMA directed the District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) to assess the vulnerability of water bodies within their respective districts, identifying environmental hazards caused by improper disposal practices. 

The DDMAs were also tasked with developing specific measures for the prevention and mitigation of these hazards.

Furthermore, the NSDMA instructed the DDMAs to enhance general education and awareness regarding the management of plastic waste and non-degradable garbage in vulnerable areas of the districts. This includes promoting community actions to prevent and mitigate the risks associated with such irresponsible disposal practices.

Additionally, the NSDMA mandated the review and assessment of existing committees and orders related to the use of plastic and non-degradable wastes by the DDMAs. They were directed to strengthen these regulations to effectively prevent and mitigate associated hazards.

Each DDMA was also required to submit detailed reports on the measures implemented at the district level to prevent environmental hazards caused by the irresponsible disposal of plastic waste and non-degradable garbage, the directive added.