Sweep­ing Suc­cess

WIN­NER: Surat Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion WHY IT WON: For in­tro­duc­ing a com­pre­hen­sive waste man­age­ment sys­tem

India Today - - SAFAIGIRI AWARDS - —Uday Mahurkar

AF­TER THE PLAGUE scare of 1994, clean­li­ness be­came an ob­ses­sion for Surat. It found it­self con­sis­tently on top of the list of In­dia’s clean­est cities. Then, com­pla­cency set in, and Surat dropped to third place in 2016 and dropped to #14 there­after.

It was at this point that the Surat Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (SMC) woke up to the slide and set about try­ing to re­store the city’s rep­u­ta­tion for clean­li­ness. It in­tro­duced a multi­tiered sys­tem to col­lect, seg­re­gate and treat waste from con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion, plas­tic, tex­tile and elec­tronic waste. Door­to­door col­lec­tion was launched for in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial waste.

Waste is col­lected be­tween 7 am and 3 pm daily from more than 1.2 mil­lion house­holds in Surat and be­tween 11 am and 4 pm from more than 200,000 com­mer­cial build­ings with the help of more than 550 door­to­door col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles equipped with sep­a­rate com­part­ments for wet, dry and haz­ardous waste. All san­i­ta­tion wards are equipped with bio­met­ric at­ten­dance sys­tems. The SMC has 22 mech­a­nised road sweep­ing ma­chines.

The city gen­er­ates 1,830 MT of waste daily. Once col­lected and seg­re­gated, the dif­fer­ent kinds of waste are reused and re­cy­cled—de­mo­li­tion waste is used to pro­duce bricks, tex­tile waste for mak­ing car­pets and mats, and plas­tic waste is used to make gran­ules. The city also has elab­o­rate ver­min com­post­ing fa­cil­i­ties at three places and a bio­gas plant fu­elled by or­ganic waste with 50 MT per day ca­pac­ity. Col­lec­tion, treat­ment and dis­posal of biomed­i­cal waste has been given out on a BOOT (build, own, op­er­ate trans­fer) con­tract. ■

WELL SWEPT Top SMC of­fi­cials with san­i­ta­tion work­ers

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