Rourkela, August 29 (LocalWire): After implementation of the blanket ban on plastic, the Rourkela Municipal Corporation is going ahead with domestic waste management, both organic and inorganic, in the city.
‘We have a plan to construct 15 micro composting centres in the city to dispose of the domestic waste generated from households.
In the first phase, we plan to construct 10 centres, each at a cost of Rs 53 lakhs and have begun the tender process,’ deputy commissioner of RMC, Sudhansu Bhoi, said.
The pilot project construction has begun in Koelnagar, for Koelnagar and Shaktinagar.
However, it met with opposition as a few residents objected to the construction of the plant there.
‘We faced opposition from residents who need to be aware of these projects. Such composting centres are not new.
We will go ahead with the project without antagonising the public,’ Bhoi said.
He also said, ‘we have identified the places and the residents have to be made aware of the centres.
The residents should realise that these composting centres wouldnt harm or disturb their normal life even if it came up in the middle of residential colonies.’
‘Three to four houses will be tagged and a plastic tank will be provided to them, where they will dump their wastes where it will turn into compost.
There will be a small door at the bottom from where the manure can be extracted,’ he added.
These days RMC is regularly making announcements to segregate the domestic wastes into two separate containers, organic in blue and inorganic in red.
‘We will implement this once the centres are ready.
However, we are trying to create awareness through regular public announcements’ informed Bhoi.
The RMC is also conducting regular raids in different areas against plastic use.
In the last couple of days RMC seized over 200 quintals of plastic bags from different areas in the city.
The shop keepers under RMC jurisdiction are scared of handing over goods in plastic bags. ‘I am not keeping plastic bags anymore.
I have paper bags and also bangs made by SHGs,’ said a shopkeeper at Chhend.