For the first time, residents of East Delhi will find their daily household waste being collected from their doorsteps free of cost.
In a bid to streamline the garbage management system, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has tied up with an NGO named Chintan that will employ ragpickers to collect garbage from door to door and segregate them.
Under this, a pilot project in two wards - Kishan Kunj and Bhrampuri - is expected to start during this weekend.
The ragpickers will come every morning to collect garbage, which will be transported to a facility where segregation will take place. The idea is to dissuade people from throwing garbage on the streets as well as to allow ragpickers to collect the garbage directly than rummaging at the dumping ground.
Municipal commissioner SS Yadav said the cost of garbage collection and segregation will be borne by the NGO. In return, the municipal corporation will give the NGO space to create a spot where they can segregate the collected waste.
The NGO will also create and operate material recovery facilities at Sunlight colony in Old Seemapuri and at A-block at Govindpuri.
The NGO will recover the cost of operation by recycling the waste collected from households.
"For the programme, we have signed up 87 rag pickers. If the pilot project is successful, similar facilities will be provided in other areas as well. In the two wards where the project will be started, we will cater to 27 colonies," said Nidhi, a member of Chintan.
Door-to-door collection of waste is one of the measures taken by the East Delhi municipal corporation to deal with garbage under its jurisdiction. It will also ensure safe disposing of e-waste.
According to the municipal commissioner, garbage collection in east Delhi has increased from 1,500 metric tonnes to 2,000 metric tonnes a day in the past 10 months.