The city residents can make a difference in helping the municipal corporation dispose of the garbage generated on their premises.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has issued notices to big housing societies, hotels, malls and educational institutions to set up their own waste management system. It has asked them to dispose of garbage within the premises itself.
The housing societies, hotels, malls, banquet halls, schools and colleges have been asked to set up systems on their premises to generate fertiliser from wet garbage. The NMMC has initiated a number of measures to make Navi Mumbai clean, beautiful and open defecation free.
The residents have been asked to separate the dry and wet garbage at source and hand over to the garbage vans separately.
According to municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, “As per the central government’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016, it is mandatory for establishments where large volume of garbage is generated, to have a disposal system within their premises.”
The solid waste management department of the NMMC has issued notices to 112 housing societies that are spread on areas over 3,000 to 5,000 sqm. “Notices have also been issued to 135 big hotels, malls and banquet halls and 134 educational institutions,” said Mundhe.
The ward offices are continuing with the process of issuing notices. Following the intimation, SBI colony, SIES college, Army colony, Wadhwa society in Nerul and Vashi’s Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Merchant Gymkhana, NMSA along with Turbhe’s Hotel Devi Prasad and Vivekanand school at sector 26 have started setting up a plant to generate fertiliser from garbage.
Awareness drives are being conducted at ward-office level at CBD Belapur, Kopar Khairane, Ghansoli and Airoli nodes to inform about solid waste management systems to residents and business community .
Mundhe said, “We are confident that the residents will support us in making the city better and beautiful and give a positive response to the waste management drive.”