Norway to help India manage construction waste

New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) India will sign an MoU with Norway for training of human resource to handle construction and demolition waste, in tune with the Clean India Campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between SINTEF, Norway and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for cooperation in the development of human resource capacity-building and scientific research in the field of Recycling of Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste in India.

The proposal in this regard was cleared by the union cabinet on Wednesday.

India’s construction industry generates about 10-12 million tonnes of waste annually.

There is a huge demand of aggregates in the housing and road sectors but there is a significant gap in demand and supply, which can be reduced to a certain extent by recycling construction and demolition waste.

While some of the items like bricks, tiles wood, metal are re-used and recycled, concrete and masonry, constituting about 50 percent of the construction and demolition waste, is not currently recycled in the country.

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