IGU Urban Commission, Canterbury, 2011
Cotton CollegeGuwahati, Assam, India
Urban solid waste and health implication in Guwahati City
Guwahati is the biggest and fastest growing city in North East India, with a population of 8.04 lakh and a growth rate of 38.6 percent according to 2001 census. The population density in Guwahati is 2695.43 persons per sq km. and there is a growing problem of waste disposal within the city.
We notice that the environment influences many aspects of human beings, and many diseases can be initiated, sustained or exacerbated by environmental factors. Therefore a study was carried out in Guwahati to understand the challenges faced both by the community and the management and the shared responsibility they both have. This study has been made in the light of the fact that we all affect the environmental health, through our individual and collective decision.
In this research paper an attempt has been made to show the vulnerable pockets within the city, through a series of maps. The method used is the random sampling technique for the collection of primary data ,and questionnaires were designed to extract relevant information from the community and management.
The findings reveal that there are certain diseases and infections like eye, skin, respiratory, malaria, dysentery and back pain which are found to be high.