FEW WOULD dispute that Indore’s garbage collection and disposal methodology stinks to high hell. The City generates between 400-450 metric tonne of waste everyday. However, only around 50 per cent makes it to the trenching ground with the rest either fed to stray animals or strewn on streets.
Again, although the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has an army of sanitation workers on its muster rolls the civic body cannot utilise their services effectively. The reason: Local politicians who got them installed in the jobs do not take kindly to their protégés being leaned on by the Corporation.
Now, however, things are looking up. The Asian Development Bank (ADB)-assisted Urban Water Supply and Environment Improvement Project (USWEIP) on Saturday proposed a holistic, comprehensive and farsighted solid waste management blueprint that, if implemented, may finally bring a breath of fresh air to the City’s putrefying environs.
USWEIP Project Director Hari Ranjan Rao and his deputy M A Khan outlined the bare-bones proposal to improve sanitary conditions to Collector Vivek Aggarwal, Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma and Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma during a three-hour session at the Collectorate auditorium.
The project, aimed at improving sanitary conditions through public participation, calls for devolving the job of garbage collection from the IMC to Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs).
As per the proposal, the RWA would collect waste from every household, segregated by residents into degradable and non-degradable categories and deposited in colour-coded containers, in return for a fixed monthly fee.
In order to facilitate garbage collection the Corporation would provide RWAs 1,800 small vehicles including wheelbarrows and tricycles, as well as coloured bins boasting a capacity of 4.5 and 1.1 cubic metres.
Noting that roadside eateries, hotels and marriage gardens generated large amounts of waste which was then dumped on the streets attracting flies and mosquitoes, Rao suggested that the Corporation make it mandatory for owners to place waste bins outside their establishments. The IMC could also charge them a nominal sum for collecting the waste, he added. Strict action must be taken against restaurateurs and chaat vendors who refuse to comply with the directives.
Rao, fresh from a meeting with sanitation experts in Delhi, also stressed the need to set up transfer stations - garbage halfway houses where waste can be deposited before being carried to the trenching ground - at strategic locations in all four directions.
He further pointed out that merely carting off and depositing waste was not sufficient. Efforts must be made to utilise the waste by setting up a fertiliser manufacturing plant at the trenching ground.
Indore Project Implementation Unit Manager Prabhash Sankhla, Additional Municipal Commissioner K R Jain and Mayor-in-Council member in charge of Health Department Rajendra Rathore were among those who attended the meeting.