NMMC pro­vides 25 ve­hi­cles, 300 vol­un­teers to col­lect flo­ral waste

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has pro­vide 25 ve­hi­cles and over 300 peo­ple for col­lect­ing flo­ral wastes from the Gan­pati im­mer­sion sites in the city.

The civic of­fi­cials have also put huge pots (nir­malya kalash) for col­lect­ing the flow­ers, gar­lands and the fruits used in the rit­u­als from the sites. Ban­ners have been placed ask­ing devo­tees to put the flo­ral wastes in those pots in­stead of throw­ing them into the wa­ter.

This waste will not be mixed with gen­eral garbage col­lected from the city and will be treated sep­a­rately to the form of biofer­til­iz­ers, the of­fi­cials said.

Tushar Pawar, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, said, “There are around 25 im­mer­sion sites and we have pro­vided one ve­hi­cles at ev­ery site. Three peo­ple have been de­ployed with one ve­hi­cle who will carry the waste from the im­mer­sion sites to the pits for com­post­ing.”

“We have kept peo­ple for col­lect­ing waste from the sites. So over 300 peo­ple have been de­ployed for this job across the city,” he added.

Pawar said spe­cial at­ten­tion has been paid to clean the sites after the im­mer­sion.

“We cleaned the pe­riph­eral ar­eas of the ponds as soon as the A po­lice band plays qui­etly to spread noise pol­lu­tion mes­sage Shiv Sambhu Mi­tra Man­dal Gan­pati Pan­dal. one-and-a-half day im­mer­sion was over,” he said.

“We have made sep­a­rate pits for treat­ing flo­ral wastes at dif­fer­ent places of the city. Our ve­hi­cles will also col­lect the flo­ral waste from pan­dals and on the roads. They will be treated in the new pits. Thus there is no chance of mix­ing these wastes with other garbage,” an­other se­nior of­fi­cial from the solid waste man­age­ment of NMMC said.

“The num­ber of devo­tees and idols may in­crease on the sev­enth and tenth day of the fes­ti­val. We will see the sce­nario and if need be will pro­vide more ve­hi­cles and more peo­ple for col­lect­ing the waste on those days,” the of­fi­cer said.

Res­i­dents have wel­comed the move.

“The flow­ers, gar­lands, fruits and other ma­te­ri­als used in the rit­u­als and thought to be sa­cred and peo­ple nor­mally don’t want those to be treated with other garbage. So by de­cid­ing to treat those sep­a­rately NMMC has done a great job,” said Shalini Mistry, a res­i­dent of Kopar Khairane.

“The NMMC should clean the roads and the ponds as soon as the fes­ti­val is over. At sev­eral places the pond are left unat­tended after the fes­ti­val. It pol­lutes the wa­ter and harms ma­rine life,” said Gulshan Chetry, a res­i­dent of Belapur.

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