Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation and International Finance Corporation, part of World Bank Group, have installed e-waste sculpture in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, to raise awareness on the rising volumes of e-waste. The initiative aims to highlight improper disposal and treatment posing a grave threat to the environment on the occasion of the World Environment Day, for which India is the global host nation in 2018
The Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project, a part of the IFC-EU Eco-Cities Programme, and BMC, inaugurated the Rabana e-waste sculpture at Jaydev Vihar Square, on this day to magnify the significance of the challenge e-waste poses to our country. The effort stresses the importance of proper e-waste management, by raising awareness and a sense of responsibility amongst citizens.
Designed and constructed by the famed artist Pinaki Ranjan Mohanty and his team including Bidyadhar Majhi, Raju Bhoi, and Mahesh. The e-Rabana sculpture is a masterpiece and named after the mythological character to emphasise the importance of paying attention to the e-waste issue before it grows out of control and harms the human race.
The inauguration ceremony at Jaydev Vihar Square was honoured by the presence of esteemed Mayor Shri Ananta Narayan Jena, and Sarina Bolla from IFC ( add any other dignatories from BMC and OSPCB)
Sarina Bolla from IFC said:
“The city of Bhubaneswar has been an important partner in collaboratively building sustainable and long-term solutions for E-waste management across India,” said Sarina Bolla, Program Manager for IFC’s India E-waste Program. “Raising awareness about the hazards of e-waste and the channels for proper recycling of e-waste is essential to achieving the our objective.”
This installation is part of the awareness campaign of the Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project, that aims to ensure that the city’s e-waste is collected and recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. To achieve this, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, in partnership with implementing organizations, Sofies Sustainability Leaders Pvt. Ltd. and Siddha Development Research and Consultancy (SDRC), seeks to establish a working model for e-waste collection in Bhubaneswar that would be self-sustainable and serve as a model for effective e-waste management in other cities as well. An important aspect of the Clean e-Bhubaneswar project is to support local authorities including the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Orissa State Pollution Control Board in generating awareness among citizens regarding the hazards of e-waste, and the proper e-waste disposal/recycling channels available to the public.
The BMC invites all citizens to join this Clean e-Bhubaneswar initiative and play a responsible role in creating a sustainable e-waste management system in the city if Bhubaneswar and be the torch-bearers for the entire country.