EDMC tar­gets 100% waste seg­re­ga­tion

Takes Mul­ti­ple Steps Be­fore 2nd Phase Of Au­dit

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Vibha.Sharma @times­group.com

New Delhi: Learn­ing lessons from the past, East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (EDMC) has taken sev­eral mea­sures to im­prove the waste man­age­ment in east Delhi.

In its last au­dit, which cov­ered 60 out of 469 colonies, The En­ergy and Re­sources In­sti­tute (Teri) had found that 62% house­holds were not seg­re­gat­ing their waste and 71% ei­ther handed over the waste to the in­for­mal sec­tor or dis­posed them at va­cant plots and dha­laos. The sit­u­a­tion was worse in mar­ket ar­eas where 78% es­tab­lish­ments did not seg­re­gate their waste. Teri had even iden­ti­fied a num­ber of be­havioural and ad­min­is­tra­tive gaps in waste man­age­ment and put for­ward sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions.

Ahead of the se­cond phase of as­sess­ment, EDMC has taken sev­eral mea­sures, in­clud­ing ar­rang­ing for 13 de­cen­tralised com­post­ing ma­chines with one tonne ca­pac­ity each, ap­point­ing three NGOs for train­ing waste col­lec­tors, in­te­grat­ing 700 waste col­lec­tors and start­ing the process of es­tab­lish­ing ma­te­rial re­cov­ery cen­tres.

A se­nior of­fi­cial from the de­part­ment of en­vi­ron­ment man­age­ment ser­vices (DEMS) said that they have worked upon the ac­tion plan and fixed dead­lines for en­sur­ing 100% seg­re­ga­tion of waste at source in all the 64 wards in a phased man­ner.

“Work will be com­pleted in three wards — Mayur Vi­har-I, Anand Vi­har and Ya­muna Vi­har — in a month. These were iden­ti­fied in May on NGT’s direction and Teri is car­ry­ing a sep­a­rate au­dit of these three wards to ver­ify our claims,” he said.

Aware­ness drives and meet­ings with RWAs have started in nine other wards. Plan is to cover 16 wards by Oc­to­ber 2. “We have kept De­cem­ber 1 as the dead­line to reach out to mar­ket and trader as­so­ci­a­tions in all 64 wards con­sid­er­ing that NGT has given March 31 as dead­line for ac­com­plish­ing target of seg­re­ga­tion at source in EDMC area,” he said.

Stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man San­deep Kapoor said that EDMC is ac­ti­vat­ing Safai Ni­grani Samiti in wards. “Lo­cal RWAs are in­vited to come up with sug­ges­tions and share prob­lems they face while in­flu­enc­ing the peo­ple to seg­re­gate waste at source,” he said.

Chi­tra Mukher­jee, head of ad­vo­cacy and pol­icy at Chin­tan (an NGO), how­ever, said that just keep­ing bins in neigh­bour­hoods is not enough. “The ar­range­ments have to be a mix of large scale pub­lic aware­ness on the need of seg­re­ga­tion as well as fis­cal in­cen­tives. Con­stant mon­i­tor­ing is also re­quired to en­sure that the ini­tial en­thu­si­asm is not lost.”

Shashi Bhushan Pan­dit, gen­eral sec­re­tary of All In­dia Rag­pick­ers Union, said: “Civic agency claims that east Delhi gen­er­ates 1,300 tonnes of waste ev­ery day and there are av­er­age 12,000 house­holds in each ward. But the fact is that the EDMC fails to reach out to half of the houses. Peo­ple dis­pose of waste through in­for­mal sec­tor in these colonies or sim­ply dump the garbage in drain or on road­side.”

“The civic agen­cies are merely work­ing to im­prove Swach­hta rank­ings or ful­fil the court’s direction. They have no con­crete ac­tion plan. How can in­cor­po­rat­ing 700 waste col­lec­tors in for­mal sec­tor could be an achieve­ment when thou­sands of waste col­lec­tors are work­ing in ar­eas of east Delhi. Also, they them­selves are not ready to as­sist NGOs in set­ting up com­post­ing units,” he added.

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