Indore: The city of Holakars, Indore, retains cleanest city tag by Swachh Survekshan-2018, once again. Thanks to changing behavior of citizens, who not only keep their residences clean but also their surroundings with active help from local civic body, IMC.
Collective efforts made by the civic authorities, various social and religious organizations and even citizens to keep the city spic-n-span really paid off. For a city, which was once ranked 25th among cities across the country, a journey to reach top spot consecutively for the second time was an uphill task.
It asked for sweat and blood. And officials and sanitation workers of the IMC gave them to make this city neat, clean and also hygienic. “We bagged No 1 slot once again because tireless efforts of our were staffers and the citizens, who are ready to accept the changes,” Mayor Malini Gaud said.
She further said that making this city clean without public support and contribution would not be possible. Till August 2016, garbage menace was a major challenge before the IMC but it took the challenge and made the city top of the chart in 2017 and again this year.
After getting success in implementing door-to-door garbage collection in 2017, the civic body moved a step ahead to implement segregation of waste at the source. The generated waste is segregated by each household and institution as wet and dry waste. Moreover, the municipal corporation has developed compost pit at every garden or in the colony to convert the wet waste into compost.
“We have also made it mandatory for the commercial institutions like hotels and restaurants to deal with their own waste of food left-over and to convert it in manure. The support by the residents and the dedication to take the challenge sustained us to the top,” Gaud said.
A fleet of more than 600 vans and other vehicles and hundreds of sanitation workers were pressed into the task of lifting dry garbage from households and commercial establishments which is transferred to the advance transfer stations, developed by the IMC at various places.
Waste management in gated communities
Not only the commercial institutions but the IMC has made it mandatory for all the gated communities to process the wet waste generated in their community to be processed at the local level as compost pits were established by the civic body. Now, all the societies, townships and communities deal with the wet waste generated in their areas and convert it into compost, which is used for keeping the area green.
Success in dealing with piles of garbage at Trenching Ground
Piles of garbage at Trenching Ground were the biggest challenge before the civic body. However, they developed garbage transfer stations at various places where the wet garbage is processed while the dry one is segregated and processed in various forms including preparation of plastic granules.
The ultra-modern garbage transfer stations, which have three major parts including compactor, bucket and hook-loader are meant to reduce operation and maintenance cost. Eight high-tech transfer stations are being installed in city. The locations include Star Square, Sawer Road, Sangam Nagar, Lal Bagh, IT Park, Azad Nagar, Dhar Road and Ratlam Kothi with the cost of Rs 1.75 crore each.
Effective implementation of spot fine, clean toilets
Nearly 13,000 public toilets were constructed within municipal limits to make the city open defecation free. In the second phase, the civic body ensured cleanliness of toilets along with facilitating it with water and light. Corporation also enhanced and strengthens the drive of spot fine for littering and for spitting on roads. Thousands of challans were served to turn it into a behavioral change among people and even those coming from other cities.
Manish Singh missed
After getting the tag of cleanest city once again, citizens, leaders and the IMC staff missed former commissioner of IMC, Manish Singh and under whose leadership and administrative skills, the challenge to sustain the number one tag was possible. Not only the Mayor but also other BJP and Congress leaders and residents missed him and mentioned him in their messages, tweets and other social media platforms. Singh was made Ujjain Collector a few days ago.