The state government has made it compulsory for all the urban local bodies to ensure 80% garbage segregation and recycle by April-end in order to get a prominent position in Swachh Survekshan 2018.
The government warned the urban local bodies to stop priority funds if they failed to accomplish the target in the set time period.
A new notification has been issued under norms of Swachh Maharashtra (Urban) Mission by the state urban development department (UDD).
The UDD has also directed urban local bodies to compulsorily start production of bio-organic fertilizers from segregated garbage at the source level itself. Two options have been suggested to manage the garbage segregation: either to reuse the wet garbage on an individual basis or in a centralized manner.
UDD targeted urban local bodies to improve the city's ranking in Swachh Survekshan 2018..
According to TOI, the notification says, "Swachh Maharashtra (Urban) Mission was launched on May 15, 2015, on mission mode basis. Government is taking all efforts for effective implementation of the mission. The expected response is not being seen in some cities. Therefore, there was a need for the introduction of some plans to expedite works under the mission.”
According to a report in TOI, NMC had miserably failed in garbage segregation last year.
Garbage segregation had been made compulsory at source level from May 1, last year by the government. However, past records prove the failure of the civic body.
NMC was supposed to distribute 11 lakh dustbins among citizens from which only 10,000 were given.
"We are exploring possibilities to achieve cent percent success by December-end. We completed tendering process to procure 11 lakh dustbins so we can distribute them free to citizens. Meanwhile, the HC has directed NMC to give dustbins by charging some cost. Now there can be two options, whether to ask citizens to procure dustbins on their own or supply them at some charge. Standing committee will take a final decision," TOI quoted deputy municipal commissioner Jayant Dandegaonkar.
Information Source: TOI
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