Indore: As Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) gears up to ensure that wet waste produced by residential townships is treated at generation point itself, many townships here have accused the civic body of adopting dual policy on installation of composting units in gated communities.
The unhappy residents claimed that while the IMC was constructing compost pits in some townships, they were forcing others to install composting units on their own.
Adding to its woes, no relaxation or subsidy on composting units has also been granted to the residents of gated community, they rued. “Lately, we were served notice by IMC directing us to install a composting unit on our township premises. As the installation cost is very high, I enquired from other townships what they are going to do about it. I was shocked to learn that the IMC has adopted dual policy on the matter. It is setting up compositing units in some select townships while asking others to get the units setup on their own,” said a resident of Nariman City, Surendra Mishra.
As evidence, he cited that IMC has installed composting facilities for free at Ashirwad Enclave and Tulsiyana Residency. Ashirwad Enclave resident association president Ghanshyam Singh confirmed the fact. “IMC officials had come to our townships with directions for installing composting facility for treatment of wet waste. We denied complying with the orders stating that it was IMC responsibility to setup composting units in townships. Some days later, a team of IMC came and setup composting pit in our township,” Singh said.
Tulsiyana resident association treasurer Vishal Chopra also stated that the IMC had setup composting unit on his township premises and even gave powder for decomposing of wet waste. However, the IMC maintained that it’s the responsibility of townships above 5000 sq meter to install facility for treatment of wet waste on their own. “Solid Waste Management Rules-2016 are loud and clear on the matter. We are not setting up wet disposal facility at any township,” IMC engineer Mahesh Sharma said.
The cost of setting up composting unit in a township having nearly 350 households is about Rs 5 lakh. Many townships are ready to bear the cost but they demand some subsidy on purchase of the unit and rebate on property tax. “The IMC states that they will give rebate on property tax but no such assurance in writing has been given to us,” said Ocean Park resident association president Rahul Goyal. He also demanded to increase price of manure which the townships would produce through wet waste.
“The IMC stated that they would purchase compost for Rs 3 per kg. The production cost will be higher than the produce. IMC should increase the cost of manure,” he added. Shalimar Palms resident Girish Bhalerao also demanded increase in compost price so that residents of gated community do not have to bear heavy cost for disposing of wet waste.
“I support disposal of wet waste at source. I think gated community members should stand by IMC over the issue and do not think much about spending on setting up of composting unit,” he said.