There is a good news for the residents of Dwarka as the sub-city now has its own place to manage its dry waste every month. For this purpose, a 'swachhata kendra' has been set up with a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Sector-29 by South Delhi Municipal Corporation(SDMC), in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India and HDFC Bank.
With this initiative, the civic body has aimed to sustainably manage 240-300 tons of dry waste every month. The state-of-the-art facility will collect, segregate and process dry waste before sending it further to recyclers. The Swachhta Kendra will also onboard over 200 'Safai Sathis' or waste pickers and support them with access to social protection schemes along with financial, health and social inclusion.
The facility is also designed with creativity in the form of murals and plastic art. The wall mural ‘Sathi Didi aur Preeti’ is a conversation between Sathi Didi (Safai Sathi) and her curious friend Preeti, exploring what happens to the waste we generate every day in our homes and offices. Safai Sathis are the backbone and first line workers for waste collection, segregation and management. During the interaction, Sathi Didi walks Preeti through the stages of waste collection and processing using modern technologies at the Swachhta Kendras, while also ensuring the safety of Safai Sathis working there. Through conversations between the characters, the narrative explores the critical role of individuals like us for efficient waste management by segregating waste at home. The visual details of the illustrations like color, character design,landscape design, space elements, and aesthetic frames communicate the mood of the storyline which was completed by 16 artists over a span of 32 days.
The Swachhta Kendra also boasts of a distinct plastic waste art made with 16,000 used PET bottles. Aptly named as ‘Sanyukta Sankalp’, the art installation reflects the Dry Waste Management Programme and its key pillars. It demonstrates the need for collaborative action from all to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste, thus promoting a circular economy for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dwarkiites have welcomed the initiative by SDMC. Rejimon CK, a resident of Sector 22 says, "The initiative is good yet it’s success would depend upon accountability monitoring and sense of responsibility from both sides- the authority and the community."
An RTI activist from Sector 16B, Ramesh Mumukshu says, “SDMC must sensitise the community and mainly the resident bodies to make any such initiative successful. We are here to support.”
Ex-Mayor and Councilor of Dwarka Ward B, Kamaljeet Sehrawat holds the view, "This initiative will bring a paradigm shift in managing waste. I appeal to the community people to come forward and make collective efforts with us to bring a change and make the city clean and green."