Swacch Mysuru: MCC to launch theme-based drives from April

Swacch Mysuru: MCC to launch theme-based drives from April

The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has planned a slew of activities up to March next, in order to retain the ‘cleanest city’ tag. Theme-based cleanliness drives will be launched in April, that will be conducted for one year.

Addressing the gathering, during a workshop on ‘Swachh Mysuru - Samartha Mysuru - Role Of General Public,’ involving people and organisations, at Rani Bahadur Auditorium, here, on Wednesday, MCC Commissioner C G Betsurmath said following the guidelines from the Union Ministry for Urban Development, as many as 24 drives had been planned.

Recalling the success on the cleanliness front, beginning from the year 2009-10, when Mysuru emerged as the second cleanest city after Chandigarh, Besturmath said, “Now Mysuru has pipped Chandigarh to be the cleanest city for the consecutive second year. It would not have been possible, but for the relentless efforts of pourakarmikas, corporators and also general public.”

However, Betsurmath rued about some households, which continue to handover unsegregated waste to the door-to-door waste collectors.

Giving an account of the current scenario, he said, “Of the total 402 tonnes of waste generated per day, 2.06 lakh households account for the highest of 319 tonnes of waste (79.35 pc), followed by 19,923 commercial points that produce eight tonnes (1.9 pc), 416 hotels and restaurants that produce 15 tonnes (3.7 pc) while 124 marriage and function halls produce six tonnes of waste (1.5 pc). From street sweeping and garden waste 17 and 19 tonnes of waste is produced respectively, followed by six tonnes from chicken and mutton waste from 406 sources and 12 tonnes of market waste”.

Betsurmath said, with the waste generated from different sources, the responsibility of interested organisations also played a major role in recycling the waste.

He cited the example of the Federation of MCC Ward Parliament, headed by former MLC D Madegowda, at Kumbarkoppal which had set an example by producing compost. Besides, the MCC has a centralised compost unit at Sewage Farm that is being operated though IL and FS, a private firm, where 200 tonnes of waste is being treated in a scientific manner.

Eight ‘zero waste management plants’ are functioning with a total capacity of 45 to 50 tonnes of waste, he added.

Organisations like the Federation of MCC Ward Parliament, NIE-Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (NIE-CREST) had put up their products on display, that would be helpful in segregating and treating waste, besides making compost.

Krishnima Creators, Bogadi, had displayed a variety of handbags and other paper made products, while the MCC had set up its own stall, displaying recently introduced types of dust bins for office use, followed by information, education and communication (IEC) materials.

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