The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is planning to handover the banks of Kahn river to the state forest department for plantation.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had earlier issued directions to the municipal body to clear encroachments from the banks of Kahn and Saraswati rivers, and to cover 30 metres on either side of the river with plantation.
Following the tribunal’s directions, IMC had cleared several encroachments from many sections of the rivers and launched a plantation drive.
IMC to handover plantation task to forest dept for 3 years
Municipal commissioner Manish Singh said, “We had planted 6,000 saplings alongside the Kahn river so far. But for the plants to survive they have to be nurtured and their growth has to be continuously monitored. Hence, we plan to handover the task to the forest department for three years.” The forest department is more capable of planting trees and nurturing their growth, Singh added.
He said although initially the forest department was reluctant to take the responsibility, after several meetings they agreed to shoulder it.
The municipal body is simultaneously cleaning the river and clearing off encroachments alongside the 18.1 kilometre-long river. The corporation has also plugged several sewerage outfalls into the river.
“Whatever space is possible alongside the Kahn and Saraswati rivers will be cordoned off using barbed wire to stop people from encroaching the river banks,” Singh said.
IMC to collect waste from every household
With introduction of door-to-door garbage collection in 18 municipal wards on Wednesday, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) claims to have attained 100 percent success in introducing the programme.
Mayor Malini Gaud’s ambitious door-to-door garbage collection and segregation started in August last year, with just ten municipal wards. Gradually the scheme was introduced in other municipal wards.
The IMC has procured 255 garbage tipper vehicles and allotted three to each municipal ward. With each vehicle costing around Rs 5.7 lakh, the IMC has spent about Rs 15 crore on procurement of these vehicles.
The responsibility of monitoring the whole process lies with the ward corporator. On Wednesday, the mayor issued instructions to corporators to keep a tab on every day workfor effective implementation of the scheme. “The garbage collection tippers are fitted with global positioning system (GPS) and we can track the movement of the vehicles, she added.
Gaud said, “We secured 25th position in Swachhta Survekshan report, conducted across 73 cities in the country, last year. With effective implementation of door-to-door garbage collection and solid waste management in our city, we should aim to secure top position next year.”
Asad Warsi, the waste management consultant for IMC told HT that on an average, the corporation is incurring ₹1.25 lakh in each ward every month for door-to-door waste collection. “And if 100% user charges are appropriated, each ward can generate about ₹1.5 lakh revenue for the corporation. The project is financially viable,” he added.
The municipal body is charging Rs 60 per month from every household and Rs 90 per month from commercial establishments for the service.