Nagpur: Segregation of solid waste at source is a huge challenge for the NMC. The people of Nagpur are not doing 100% segregation of waste at source at all. On average around 1,100MT of waste is generated every day which includes dry and wet waste. About 60% of the mixed waste is dumped in the Bhandewadi dumping yard.
From the date of 15 to 31 December, the city has generated more than 21,100 MT of waste. Out of this, about 12,700 metric tonnes of mixed waste have been taken to Bhandewadi and also dumped.
About 60 percent of the citizens are still handing over the mixed waste to private agencies engaged in door-to-door garbage collection. Nagpur Municipal Corporation has not been able to achieve the target of stopping garbage dumping in Bhandewadi at all.
According to data received from the Solid Waste Management Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, out of the total 3,165 visits, both BVG India and AG Environment carried about 12,692.25 MT of mixed waste in 1,877 trip compactor vehicles.
AG Environment has collected about 10,459.41 MT of waste from the areas of Nehru Nagar zones, Dharampeth, Laxmi Nagar, and Hanuman Nagar, Dhantoli. Instead of lifting only the segregated waste, it has mostly transported approximately 6,067.09MT of mixed waste.
Not Picking Up Individual Waste
In the month of December, Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B had announced that the civic body would pick up only the segregated waste from the source from the date of 15 December. Radhakrishnan has said that the lack of cooperation of business establishments and residents has completely thwarted the civic body’s plan to achieve 100% source segregation. Even after giving due opportunity, some citizens keep on handing over the mixed waste.
The head of the citizen has also said that the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has also identified those areas where citizens are not cooperating at all.
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation will never be able to achieve the target of taking the segregated waste to Bhandewadi. He has said that both BVG India and AG Environment are not picking up the individual waste at the source at all. Probably because they are being paid according to the waste load. Segregated waste lifting is one of the key conditions mentioned in their contract, According to activist Leena Buddhe.
Submission of reports on the working of agencies
A 5 member inquiry committee led by ruling party leader Avinash Avinash on Thursday submitted a report on the functioning of BVG India and AG Enviro to Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari. Dayashankar had formed the committee in the general assembly meeting after some councilors of the government and the opposition expressed dissatisfaction over the door-to-door collection of garbage. Avinash has also said that the mayor will discuss the report before the next general body meeting.