NMMC in­spires cit­i­zens to turn dry waste into art

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

With an aim to en­cour­age cit­i­zens to re­duce waste and to make the best out of it, the solid waste man­age­ment depart­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has in­tro­duced a new theme ‘ Join the rev­o­lu­tion­re­tain into art’.

The of­fi­cials from the depart­ment had re­cently cre­ated a map of In­dia mea­sur­ing 4.5’ x 4.0’ us­ing 22 non-func­tional moth­er­boards.

This is when the of­fi­cials de­cided to spread this idea to the res­i­dents as well and en­gage them in sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

“W h e n we cre­ated the map which we have named the MotherIn­dia Board, we thought of launch­ing this as an aware­ness ac­tiv­ity so that res­i­dents can also par­tic­i­pate and make some­thing use­ful from the dry waste,” said Dr Babasa­heb Rajale, DMC of solid waste man­age­ment depart­ment of NMMC.

Of­fi­cials in­formed that the depart­ment is now making an­other project which is still un­der wraps.

All dry waste i tems l i ke pa­per, plas­tic bot­tles, co­conut shells, met­als, elec­tronic dis­carded items can be used for making th­ese theme-based art pieces.

“The motto be­hind the theme is sim­ple -to re­duce non- degrad­able waste and try to make art out of re­cy­clable waste”, said Dr Rajale.

The depart­ment will also rope in schools and col­leges un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion and en­gage stu­dents in the ac­tiv­i­ties and also act as vol­un­teers to spread aware­ness among the pub­lic.

Speak­ing fur­ther about the plan, Dr. Rajale said, “We will be invit­ing all the res­i­dents to come up with unique themes and cre­ate art­works with the waste and the best art will be given a cer­tifi­cate. This will bring in a com­pet­i­tive spirit and bring out new ideas to re­duce waste. The art can be made by in­di­vid­ual or by a so­ci­ety or group.”

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