Paradip, Oct 29 (LocalWire): In order to comply with orders of National Green Tribunal (NGT), Paradip municipality has closed the garbage dumping yard and adopted a model compost station.
There are 25 slums in Paradip municipality area where 80 per cent of the city’s population which amounts to 70,000 households live.
These slum dwellers allegedly erected open toilets made of bamboo on creeks, ponds, rivers and other water bodies polluting them.
The children use the house yard (back or front) as an open latrine.
Earlier, the Central Pollution Control Board had entrusted the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to prepare a comprehensive environmental pollution index in Paradip in 2017.
The survey of composite measurement of air and water pollution and land degradation found the level of pollution to be 69.6, an index that shows the area borders on being a critically polluted zone.
To control pollution as per the guidelines of NGT, Paradip municipality tried to bring good sanitation and make the localities pollution free.
Meanwhile, massive destruction of latrines constructed by slum dwellers is going on under the municipality jurisdiction and several hundred compost pits have been constructed.
Executive Officer, Paradip Municipality, Dilip Mohanty said dry waste like plastic, polythene have been collected for sale and the cost has been distributed as initiative by the waste collectors from August.
‘Paradip municipality will change traditional management of solid waste as we have adopted model compost station by way of source segregating and collection of dry waste,’ he added.
Pushing ahead with the solid waste management project, Paradip Municipality has engaged women groups as garbage pickers to recycle the waste collected from households in different wards.
The revenue generated by recycled waste on day-to-day basis is being used as an incentive for these pickers, who ensure that the collection system functions without any glitch.
Solid waste management will cover all eighteen wards with everyday average collection of solid waste and garbage up to 50 tonnes.
The residents often dump garbage on the streets.
Dumping garbage has caused unhygienic atmosphere in the port city.
Besides, many drains are choked by garbage and solid waste.
‘The Municipality has launched a campaign to create awareness on door-to-door garbage collection plan and vehicles have been pressed into service to collect garbage.
These vehicles have separate cabins to collect biodegradable and other waste.
We will produce compost from biodegradable waste,’ Mohanty added.
Out of the total garbage collected, approx 40 to 50 kg of recyclable waste is collected everyday which are given to garbage pickers, who earn daily incentives through its re-sale.
‘We have pressed eight garbage pickers in each ward who operate four collection vehicles.
Each manages to earn daily incentive worth Rs 200 from re-selling of recyclable waste, which is mostly plastic bottles,’ officials said.