MAY 31

Waste collection lessons for MCD

By Our Staff Reporter
THE HINDU [31st MAY, 2003]

NEW DELHI, MAY 30. Japan would now teach the Municipal Corporation of Delhi which at pre-sent is facing a crisis in solid waste management how to segregate household garbage at source and then transport it to sanitary landfill sites.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Japanese Foreign Ministry today entered into a memorandum of under-standing (MoU) with the MCD in this regard.

Under the MoU, JICA would carry out a pilot project in three Delhi colonies Vasant Kunj, Laxmi Nagar and Jahangirpuri for segregating household garbage. The project, to be complet-ed in six months, will cover 300 households in each colony.

"While one is a posh colony, other is inhabited by middle- class people and the third a resettlement colony where lower strata of the society live," said Yoshika Kamikawa, JlCA’s consultant for solid waste management with the Delhi Government. The Japanese agency has allocated Rs. 80 lakhs for the purpose.

Mr. Kamikawa said three plastic bins would be distributed to 300 households in each of these colonies with the help of NGOs and residents’ welfare associations which are to be identified. Of three different colours, one plastic bin would be for recyclable garbage, other for degradable garbage and the third for others.

From these households, the segregate garbage would be taken to bigger plastic bins kept in public places. "From here garbage would he taken either to the composting plants, transfer stations and sanitary landfill sites as per the requirement." The place for transfer stations will be decided in consultation with the MCD later.

Sources in the MCD said the JICA would follow an innovative way of transportation of garbage and hoped that the Japanese expertise in solid waste management would solve Delhi’s garbage problem.