Female ward councillors at the discussion in Ranchi on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
A small change in mindset and a little more effort can help make Ranchi greener and cleaner.
Ranchi residents before throwing their kitchen garbage in civic vats need to follow a simple rule — separate bio-degradable wastes from non bio-degradable ones. Or, the day is not far when nearby villages where the solid wastes are dumped will witness massive protests.
Further, if this measure is implemented, it will help the civic body in better solid waste management and also cut down on the expenses incurred in disposal task.
Delhi-based Institute for Human Development (IHD), which has carried out research work on solid waste management in several cities across the country, including Mumbai and Bangalore, on Wednesday, came up with these valuable suggestions during the maiden “consultation meet” with citizens and stakeholders at the Ranchi Municipal Corporation’s headquarters on Wednesday.
The nearly four-hour gathering from 2.30pm was organised in association with the IHD and the All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasangh.
The institute presented its findings before the participants, which included the ward councillors and Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) authorities during the course of the discussion.
“If the residents change their attitude towards solid wastes being generated in their kitchens, a lot of environmental and pollution hazards due to garbage would be solved. At present, the general attitude is that our garbage should be thrown outside the city,” said an official of IHD.
Instead, those who have space around their houses should dig small pits and throw the degradable bio-wastes there, so that they turn into valuable manure later on, the official added.
The IHD further suggested that big establishments like hotels and hospitals should develop a system of their own to convert degradable solid wastes into manures, instead of throwing them in the open and waiting for the RMC to clear the garbage mound.
The state capital on an average generates 500 tonnes of solid wastes everyday, of which 300 tonnes are organic wastes and hence could be converted into bio-fertiliser. Another 100 tonnes is recyclable, leaving the rest 100 tonnes non bio-degradable, which cannot be recycled.
However, as residents mix up the different types of garbage, much of the time gets consumed in separating the bio-degradable from non bio-degradable wastes, the IHD official explained.
RMC chief executive officer Dipankar Panda, deputy mayor Sanjiv Vijayvargiya and the ward councillors who attended the discussion looked visibly satisfied.
Panda said that the discussion would help the civic body to manage the city’s waste in a more efficient manner. “Solid waste management is a big issue in the city and hence planned and proper waste disposal is required,” Panda said.