The resident welfare associations (RWAs) in Gurgaon will soon have an online platform enabling them to collaborate with the civic authorities for effective waste management.
To be launched on April 1 by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), the portal will enable a focused effort towards waste reduction, compost generation and use of processed waste as manure.
The RWAs across different areas would have to commit to segregating and treating waste generated by them. The MCG has decided on a strict implementation of rules pertaining to solid waste management and ensuring people do not burn waste.
“Rather than focusing on households, we should look to enforce the disposal norms in areas that throw up significant volume of waste. We’re doing our best to curb illegal dumping and burning of waste. We have provided enough dustbins and encourage residents to use them and avoid random littering...with the coming of the new portal, we will be able to crack down on the violators,” Amit Khatri, additional commissioner, MCG, said.
RWAs or any cluster of properties or other residents’ groups from any sector can to join in this effort to ensure effective waste management. As per the MCG rules, the RWAs will be asked to provide the list of members who are willing to be a part of this initiative. The civic authority would also be required to collect their addresses, property IDs, mobile numbers and online registration details.
During online registration, the RWAs will be provided with separate login IDs and passwords. “Each RWA will be required to notify a spot or zone for local composting and every such communication has to happen online. We will organise training for domestic hels and residents in segregating waste. Each group will be put through five sessions,” Khatri said.
“The online process will help us raise platforms and provide sheds at the designated spots for local composting, asses the need of shredders, draw up a contract for shredders if so and provide start-up support to the RWAs for effective solid waste management,” Khatri said.
The MCG will also run public awareness campaigns on YouTube and other social media platforms. The MCG said videos on how to segregate waste will be uploaded on the portal to help residents adapt to the new way. There will also be video presentations on composting methods and the infrastructure required for each method and the best management practices adopted by Hamilton Court, Nirvana and other residential societies.
The portal page will also display the toll-free number (1800-180-1817) on which residents can call to register complaints or feedback.
The MCG has already installed GPS-enabled devices on garbage lifting vehicles to track their movements. “We will keep a close watch on these vehicles and the residents should keep us posted on whether the waste is being collected regularly. If not, action will be taken against the driver and staff assigned the job,”
The MCG will invest ₹50,000 at every location to install waste composters.