60 villages come under waste management project

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These Gurgaon villages will see enhanced wastewater treatment capacity
Sixty villages from Gurgaon district have been short-listed for the implementation of Solid and Liquid Waste Management Project under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) for the current financial year.
The project will help in segregation of solid waste and considerably enhance wastewater treatment capacity and help in generation of recycled water for agricultural and other purposes.
Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi said only those villages which have won or figured in the list of the Nirmal Gram Puraskar have been chosen for the project. The pilot project for waste management is already underway at Mubarakpur, Hasanpur and Kankrola villages in the district. In Hasanpur and Kankrola, the project is being run by the Institute of Global Development, a non-government organisation, with good results. Mr. Vidyarthi said encouraged by the response to the project in these villages, they have now decided to extend it to other villages.
In the first phase, the project will be implemented in 16 villages, including Barmoli, Badshahpur, Devlavas, Ransika, Heraheri, Bhakraka, Maujabad, Mahchana, Bapas and Uccha Majra.
Under the project, pits will be dug up under sheds in each village to convert wet waste into manure. Tri-cycles will be hired to collect solid waste from around the village every morning and bring it to the pits for recycling. “The wet waste will then be separated from dry waste like polythene bags, glass, iron and cardboards and can be composted. The separated non-biodegradable waste will be sold to scrap dealers,” said Mr. Vidyarthi, adding that two safai karamcharis will be appointed in each village to collect waste. These karamcharis will be initially paid through the District Rural Development Agency, but later the village panchayat will bear their cost.
Similarly, a low-cost drainage system will be put in place in each village to carry water from kitchens and toilets to ponds outside the village. Three ponds will be dug up on the outskirts of the village to recycle the water and make it reusable. “The water will be filtered through the first and second ponds to reach the third. It will then be taken to fields for irrigation and also put to other use,” said Mr. Vidyarthi.
Project Director Rajesh Gupta said concrete dustbins will be constructed in schools and Anganwadi centres to encourage women and children towards cleanliness. “The villages identified for waste management have been classified into four categories for allocation of funds. The villages with 150 households will be allocated Rs.7 lakh, while those with 300 households will be released Rs.12 lakh. Similarly, the villages with 300-500 households will get Rs.15 lakh and the bigger villages Rs.20 lakh,” said Mr. Gupta.

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