9 Gram Panchayats in Indore to turn into Swachhscape

Fri, 2020-02-21 13:35 -- SCC India Staff

Nine Gram Panchayats

Nine Gram Panchayats of Indore District will soon turn into Swachhscape like Indore city with district administration planning to implement cluster-wise waste management system to streamline and upgrade services. With this one-of-a-kind initiative, these ‘semi-urban’ gram panchayats will bid adieu to stinky open drainage system and haphazard garbage collection and also see plethora of sustainable Swachh initiatives.

According to Zilla Panchayat CEO Neha Meena, a survey carried out for developing cluster-wise waste management system in Manglia revealed that these nine gram panchayats of vicinity generate around 16 tonne solid waste daily. “Some gram panchayats have resources for door-to-door garbage collection and segregation but the rest under the cluster lack arrangements to lift garbage and dispose it properly,” Meena told TOI.

She added that proposed cluster-wise waste management system — which first-of-its-kind initiative in state — also includes faecal sludge management (FSM) system to treat sewage water for reuse, especially in irrigation.

“The cluster-wise system will ensure door-to-door garbage collection from around 12,247 households and some 2,000 commercial establishments of nine Gram Panchayats facilitating around 65,000 population of the area,” said the CEO, adding the system will be developed on public-private-partnership (PPP) model, where Gram Panchayats will collect Swachhta Tax and ensure door-to-door garbage through vehicles while tenders will be invited to assign work of segregation, processing and disposal of garbage.

Administration will have no financial burden for starting cluster-wise waste management system while the firm, which will be assigned the work, will generate income by selling manure for farming and processed garbage as raw materials to different industries.

“In next part, we will install a system to recycle faecal sludge and water from it to be used for agriculture and industry purposes while rest will be used to produce biogas, biodiesel or electricity,” she said.

Currently, nine gram panchayats of Manglia cluster including Manglia, Budhibarlai, Pirkaradiya, Dakachya, Lasudiaparmar, Sullakhedi, Dhabali, Rampiplia and Kailodhala generate around 25 lakh litre of gray water (kitchen waste) daily while generation of black water (sewage) was yet to be ascertained.