Mayur Vihar Phase I in East Delhi could well become the first residential area in the city to become the cleanest, if an ambitious and innovative initiative by Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal is to succeed. The project is aimed at getting residents take ownership of solid waste management.
Teaming up with the LG is an NGO, Sleep Well Foundation, for a solid waste management programme — "Own the Waste", or in other words “Apna Kooda Apni Jimmedari” — in Mayur Vihar Phase I that kicked off on Sunday. The programme is backed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
In a first-of-its-kind programme, the zero waste management model will see active participation of RWAs. According to Sleep Well Foundation, 75 RWAs in Mayur Vihar and surrounding areas have come together to check dumping of solid waste in landfill sites.
In another significant development, as part of CSR activities, leading industry chamber CII has taken the responsibility of collecting and segregating household waste and then transporting it to a processing centre at the project site, where it will again be segregated to separate organic waste that will go into compost pits.
To begin with, 12,500 households in Mayur Vihar have signed up for the programme. Seventy-five trained waste pickers will collect waste from each household. They will do primary segregation after taking the collected garbage to a nearby dhalao. At this project site, another round of segregation to separate organic waste for composting pits will be done. The remaining waste will then be processed through bio-culture at the project site, Namita Gautam, director, Sleepwell Foundation, told City Spidey.
In the first phase, 270 aerobic compost pits will be built at two sites in Mayur Vihar Phase I. “It is the first time that a technology like this has been deployed under corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Delhi for waste management,” Gautam said.
The foundation has trained the waste pickers and taught them to segregate waste. The compost generated out of these pits will be used in the parks of the area's residential colonies.
“This model can then be scaled up and adopted by other RWAs,” said LG Baijal, adding “this project can help reduce air-borne diseases and cut down on the emission of hazardous gasses.”
He was addressing a gathering comprising representatives of RWAs at Mayur Vihar Phase I on Sunday.