Bhopal: BMC steps up cleanliness drive to retain position

Bhopal: Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has stepped up cleanliness drive to retain its position as country’s second cleanest city. Bhopal was declared India’s second cleanest city after Indore this year.

The survey to assess the cleanliness of cities across India will be held in January-February 2018 and BMC seems to be preparing right in earnest. Bhopal municipal commissioner Priyanka Das held a meeting two days back in this connection. During the meeting, she instructed officials to ensure conversion of green waste into compost in the areas where it gets generated. According to current practice, the green waste also reaches the garbage dumping ground for disposal.

Now, the areas such as residents’ welfare associations, marriage halls, parks and hotels will have the units meant for converting the waste into compost. The conversion of the waste into compost will not only prevent filth from accumulating at the dumping site but will also save BMC’s labour and transportation cost.

Imitiaz Ali, project director of Sarthak, the NGO working for installation of the compost unit, said 350 spots have been identified where compost units can be set up. “Compost units have already been installed at 50 places,” he said.

Harish Gupta, deputy municipal commissioner, said Corporation is trying to meet the criteria set by union government for upcoming survey in 2018. “We are ensuring waste segregation at the initial level so that the green waste can be used as compost, which can either be sold out or be used by the units in areas where it was created.”

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