Meghalaya seeks South Korea expertise to address environmental issues

Agency News

Shillong, Nov 17: Meghalaya has sought help from South Korea to find a solution on environmental issues in the state.

During a bilateral meeting between Meghalaya government officials and a delegation from South Korea led by Ambassador, Shin Bong-Kil, issues related to solid waste management, closure, reclamation, restoration, rehabilitation of mining affected areas and polluted rivers and water bodies.

The meeting was also attended by Meghalaya home minister James K Sangma, Forest and Environment Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui and officials of the forest department . “Meghalaya was very keen to cooperate with the Republic of Korea in areas such as reclamation of abandoned mines, restoration of water bodies, in which South Korea has the expertise and experience to carry out the same,” Bong-Kil told reporters.

The Meghalaya Government would also be seeking the expertise of a South Korean company in solid waste management and an agreement is likely to be inked during Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s visit to Seoul later this month. The Ambassador of South Korea to India Shin Bong-Kil was here to take part in the ongoing Cherry Blossom festival said today that the Meghalaya Government has expressed interest in the Korean company’s expertise in solid waste management.

Meanwhile, Bong-Kil also said South Korea is yet to learn about the potentials of the State so that South Korean companies can make meaningful investments here.

He said owing to the remoteness of the State from New Delhi, not much is known, however, in the days ahead efforts would be made to explore areas where investments could be made. (UNI)