In view of the upcoming municipal polls and the ongoing Swachhta Survey, the south civic body seems to be taking the issue of waste management seriously. The municipal corporation is also trying to ensure community participation for a cleaner city.
In a workshop organised earlier this week, the civic body had invited members of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) of different areas to give suggestions and participate in the plan of solid waste management.
As part of the initiative, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) plans to segregate waste collected from households and then recycle it. The collected waste can be segregated in three categories — biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and domestic hazardous. The areas under the civic body’s jurisdiction generate nearly 2,700 metric tonnes of solid waste daily.
Many RWAs, however, are not convinced about the plan. “Several localities, including Vasant Kunj, had started segregating the waste on their own. But the waste collectors dumped it together. There is a lack of both clarity and policy on the issue. Either the MCD must provide suitable bins for the process or allow this to be done at the RWA level,” said Atul Goyal, Convenor, United Residents Joint Action (URJA), an umbrella body of over 3,000 RWAs in the Capital.
Echoing Goyal’s sentiment, Ajay Mittal, a member of the Green Park RWA, said the corporation had installed different-coloured bins for waste segregation but the practice was not followed.
“Managing waste is a big issue and must be turned into a mass movement. The problem with the civic agency is poor coordination between its own agencies and the contractors. Also, they have not been able to reach out to people completely. If they plan to do this now, they must make everyone a part of it,” Mittal said.
Meanwhile, addressing the participants, south corporation Mayor Shyam Sharma said the workshop was aimed at making people aware of the solid waste management rules. “Keeping the city clean needs a concerted effort. We want people’s participation to make the place garbage free. If everyone is aware of the rules of waste management, it will help us in clearing the waste in an organised manner,” he said.
The corporation has deployed a number of fixed compact compressors as well as wood chippers to manage green waste. Besides, it is also coming up with a bio-gas plant in the Najafgarh zone for effective management of cattle dung. The area has a number of dairies, farms, and villages, and needs an organised set-up for dung disposal.
The officials also exhorted the RWAs to participate in the waste management programme to improve the rank of the city in the Swachhta Survey, being conducted under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
The rank will depend upon the status of sweeping, transportation of garbage and management of all types of waste and garbage (45%), appraisal by the Quality Control Council of India (25%), and response of citizens (30%).