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Amritsar foundation day celebrations begin in city

Amritsar Foundation Day (AFD) celebrations began on Monday with the launch of two projects for the city’s sustainability. Early in the morning, the Green Avenue Main Park (Verka Booth) became the first community park of the city to harvest fertile manure from its vermi-composting pits started under the EcoAmritsar programme.

punjab Updated: Jun 24, 2014 00:46 IST
HT Correspondent

Amritsar Foundation Day (AFD) celebrations began on Monday with the launch of two projects for the city’s sustainability.


Early in the morning, the Green Avenue Main Park (Verka Booth) became the first community park of the city to harvest fertile manure from its vermi-composting pits started under the EcoAmritsar programme.

Dr Harvinder Sandhu, president of the Park Committee, said, “We are happy to have harvested black gold from our garden waste within a few months of filling up of the pit. We are now a model park for the EcoAmritsar programme of ‘zero disposal parks’, and would welcome other parks of the city to see, and join the programme”.

Gunbir Singh, chairman, EcoAmritsar, asserted, “The holy city generates over 700 tonnes of waste each day which the municipal system is ill-equipped to handle. Above 70% of trash from households is green trash. A little effort using composters can ensure a home free of pests, give us liquid manure every three days that keeps all house plants happy, and converts trash to fresh organic vegetable on extra land or terrace spaces.”

EcoAmritsar also initiated its ‘waste to vegetable’ project by creating a responsible household that converts all its green waste to manure, and grows organic, toxic pesticide and fertiliser-free vegetable for the family. Explaining it further, Gunbir said,”The process involves simple segregation of waste in two dustbins and using a garbage composter to treat green trash. Twice a week, liquid manure becomes available for use to nurture happy plants and trees. At the end of 6 weeks compost is ready”.

He further said, “The responsible home model has not thrown out 80% of its waste for the last two months. It has generated pesticide and fertilser vegetables such as cucumbers, mint, coriander, tomatoes and ladyfingers. The added advantage is that the home, and the neighborhood, is free of stink, flies, maggots and cockroaches which are the cause by putrefying garbage”.

Inaugurating the project, Pradeep Sehgal, convenor, CII Amritsar core committee, expressed his delight on the concept and stated, “The ‘waste to vegetable’ programme for responsible homes contributes positively to the family health and home economy. I intend to take it up at my home and office, and reach out to businesses and citizens to adopt the same”.

EcoAmritsar shall continue to run programs from 23-29June as a part of the Amritsar Foundation Day 2014 celebrations.