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City corporation continues to bat for community-level waste management

(29 Oct 2015)

The state-level empowered committee headed by chief secretary might have found corporation’s decentralized model objectionable, but the city corporation is aggressively pursuing community-level waste management initiatives. Now, the civic body is set to install aerobic bins at a cost of Rs 3.35 lakh in the government quarters of chief secretary.

The council has approved tendering process for the project which had earlier received administrative and technical sanction from Suchitwa Mission. The health wing perceives the project as the biggest endorsement for their home composting model which has been looked down upon by local self-government department and also the state which is pushing for centralized waste-to-energy plants.

“We could not have looked for a better campaign. Once the bins become functional, it could demonstrate the advantages of home composting. We are setting up a two-bin compost unit in the quarters of the chief secretary,” said a corporation official. 

The sixth state-level empowered committee (SLEC) chaired by chief secretary had red-flagged city corporation’s detailed project report (DPR) on waste management prepared as part of Swachh Bharat (urban). The DPR, which proposed methods rooted in decentralized waste management, was not approved by SLEC during the vetting process and despite reservations expressed by Suchitwa Mission, LSG department wanted the DPR to be redone. The health wing of corporation had taken upon themselves to prepare the project report and had spent months working on it. The denial of clearance had triggered a rift between corporation and LSG department and city corporation resubmitted the DPR without any change but clearance is pending.

The health wing is also aggressively promoting community-level waste management schemes in prominent educational institutions and government offices, apparently in a move to highlight the positives of decentralized waste management. The projects to install bio-gas plants at Government School, Kalady; Government School, Peroorkada; and AR camp, Nandavanam, are being implemented. Besides another project has been approved to set up decentralized waste management unit in the campus of Shankaracharya Sanskrit University. A five-bin aerobic compost unit has also been proposed for Government High School, Kachani, which has 750 students. A four-bin aerobic compost unit will also come up at Government Law College which accommodates 730 students, over 100 staff and 114 ladies’ hostel inmates. 

The health wing has recently initiated a project to revamp ten community biogas plants which have been dysfunctional for a long time. The annual maintenance contract for these waste management units has been fixed at Rs 18.44 lakh at a rate of Rs 1.84 lakh per biogas plant.

The plants are being made functional mainly in markets in Palayam, Vattiyoorkavu, Sreekaryam, Perunelli and Vallakadavu. Plants at Women and Children Hospital, Thycaud, and Government School for Deaf, Jagathy, have also been included in the project.

News Source : Deccan Chronicle