After facing flak for failing to score good on PM’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has now taking ground measures to educate residents on the concept of solid waste management.
Civic bodies of north and east distributed green and blue bins to residents, urging them to segregate their biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at the source. Municipal officials, along with area councillors, reached out to individual households and RWAs on the matter.
City Spidey spoke to Rajveer Singh, an official involved with the process. He said, “It’s a challenging task for civic agencies. A large section of residents, especially women, are unaware about waste segregation — and its positive impact. It’s a simple step — just put your dry and wet waste into two separate bins in the kitchen itself.”
But a troubling question that comes to mind is why are large sections of residents still unaware about the process of waste segregation and its impact. This, despite civic bodies spending crores of public money on public awareness.
The central government had launched Swachha Bharat Mission in 2014. But it did have any visible benefits?
City Spidey sought the views of RWAs on the issue.
JP Sharma, secretary of joint forum of Vasundhara Enclave Group Housing Societies, said, “In the last three years many programmes were announced, but everything remained on paper. Residents supported their measures in curbing road and air pollution in every possible way. Yet, they have failed.”
Another RWA head in East Delhi, BS Vohra, said, “I have repeatedly urged the Delhi government and MCDs to involve the RWAs in their missions. If we had been involved right from the beginning things could have changed in these three years.”
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