Map made of dis­carded mother boards sets ex­am­ple on e-waste man­age­ment

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Even as the grow­ing amount of elec­tronic waste causes con­cerns among civic author­i­ties and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, the solid waste man­age­ment (SWM) depart­ment of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has found a cre­ative so­lu­tion.

In a novel project, the SWM has used 22 old moth­er­boards to pre­pare a map of the coun­try. The 4.5 ft high and 4 ft wide map took four days of hard work to make and has been chris­tened Mother In­dia Board.

The aim was to con­vey to res­i­dents the mes­sage of mak­ing the best use of waste.

“E-waste is a big con­cern for all ma­jor ci­ties in the coun­try. There is a big ques­tion mark for all civic bod­ies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments as to what has to be done with out­dated and faulty com­put­ers, mobile phones and other elec­tronic items, in what man­ner to dis­pose them,” said Babasa­heb Ra­jale, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (SWM).

“E-waste is gen­er­ated in large quan­ti­ties in Navi Mum­bai and the NMMC had, ear­lier, ap­pealed to res­i­dents to re-cy­cle e-waste or use it to make artis­tic items. To en­cour­age res­i­dents and show them the way, we de­cided to make the In­dia map us­ing the faulty moth­er­boards,” said Ra­jale.

The map was made with the help of Green So­ci­ety Fo­rum’s vol­un­teers Kishore Vish­was, Bi­noy K, Abu Ramiza, All­wyn Au­gus­tine, Arif Mo­hammed Shaikh, Jas­pal Singh Noal and Machchin­dra Patil.

The group brought to­gether the con­cept and made the map that par­tic­u­larly de­picts Ma­ha­rash­tra, Navi Mum­bai and the lo­ca­tion of the civic head­quar­ter.

The map has been af­fixed on the third floor of the NMMC head­quar­ters in CBD Be­la­pur.

Mayor Sud­hakar So­nan­wane and mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare in­au­gu­rated the artis­tic work on Tues­day.

“The con­cept and the work done on this piece of art are ex­cel­lent,” said Wagh­mare.

He added, “Such con­cepts are re­quired for en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion and mak­ing Navi Mum­bai a smart city.” Civic of­fi­cials look at the 4.5-feet high and 4-feet wide In­dia map, made from elec­tronic waste, at the NMMC head­quar­ters.

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