With rainwater harvesting, waste management and several other laudable measures implemented, Vipul Greens, on Gurgaon’s Sohna Road, is on its way to becoming an ideal society.
The society started its solid and green waste management plants three months back. According to residents, the project is in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swacch Bharat mission. The entire cost of the plant came from RWA funds.
Under the initiative, all kitchen and horticultural waste is turned into compost, which is then used in the society's gardens. The leftover compost is sold to farmers at subsidised rates. The project has also opened up employment opportunities for the marginalised living in the area, such as rag pickers.
The waste management plant at the society
Speaking on the project, a resident, Sanjay Rathi, said, "The government has been stressing the need for societies to have their own waste-management plants. The Gurgaon municipality, too, is facing problems in handling the high volume of garbage generated. So having one's own plant makes sense.”
Residents have also been planting saplings not just in the society but also in the nearby HUDA parks. Seven rainwater harvesting pits have been constructed to save groundwater. CCTVs and car-plate readers have been installed in the society for better security. LED lights have replaced traditional lights to bring down power consumption. The RWA also plans to instal rooftop solar power panels shortly.
Amit Jindal, RWA president, praised the residents for their efforts, and said, “The residents are trying hard to make this society an ideal one. From planting saplings to waste segregation, nothing would have been possible without them. I am proud of our society.”
Naresh Goyal, RWA general secretary, agreed. He added, “We have planted more than 7,000 saplings so far. We plan to keep up the good work.”