In the cleanliness survey, Indore has topped the country for the sixth time in a row.

Indore (Madhya Pradesh):

Indore's successive success in the Central Government's cleanliness survey to top the country for the sixth time in a row rests on a robust model of segregating 1,900 tonnes of waste every day into six categories through each doorstep and its safe disposal. .

In this survey for the year 2022, there was a total competition between 4,355 cities in different categories.

Indore was again declared in the category of cities with a population of more than one lakh, in a program organized in Delhi on Saturday in the presence of President Draupadi Murmu.

Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) officials said that due to systematic sorting of waste at the primary source itself, not only does this largest city of Madhya Pradesh remain clean and the air is safe, but this 'precious' waste saves crores of rupees to the urban body. Also earning Rs. 

He said that the population of 3.5 million of the "waste-free city" generates about 1,200 tonnes of dry waste and 700 tonnes of wet waste on an average basis every day.

Mahesh Sharma, Superintending Engineer, Sanitation Unit of IMC said, “With the help of 850 vehicles running continuously across the city, we collect wet and dry waste separately in six categories from the doorstep of almost every household and commercial establishment.

Bio-wastes like diapers and sanitary napkins are also collected separately in special compartments created in these vehicles.

He said that by segregating the waste at the primary source itself, its quality remains good for processing.

Sharma said that after setting up 'Asia's largest plant to make Bio-CNG from wet waste from urban areas', Indore has left other cities in the country far behind in terms of cleanliness.

It is worth noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated this "Gobar-Dhan" plant built at a cost of Rs 150 crore in a program organized through video conference on February 19 and the World Bank is also studying this unit.

Officials said the plant, being run by a company on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis, on 15 acres at the city's Devguradiya trenching ground, contains 550 tonnes of wet waste (fruits, vegetables and raw meat waste, leftover or stale food) every day. , green leaves of plants, fresh flower waste etc.) can make 17,000 to 18,000 kg of bio-CNG and 100 tonnes of organic manure.

According to officials, 150 city buses are being run from the bio-CNG made at this plant, which is sold by a private company to the urban body at a price of Rs 5 per kg less than the prevailing market rate of normal CNG.

Meanwhile, the treasury of IMC is increasing continuously from the earnings from the waste.

IMC Superintending Engineer Mahesh Sharma said that in the last financial year 2021-22, the urban body had earned about Rs 14.50 crore from different sources of waste.

According to Sharma, this income includes Rs 8.5 crore from selling carbon credits in the international market and an annual premium of Rs 2.52 crore paid by a private company to the urban body for providing waste to the bio-CNG plant.

The Superintending Engineer said that in the ongoing financial year, IMC's earnings from waste can increase to Rs 20 crore.

He said that about 8,500 'safai mitras' (cleaners) work continuously from 6 am to 4 am in three shifts to keep the city dazzled.

IMC horticulture officer Chetan Patil said that the wastewater generated in the city is treated in special plants and it is being reused in 200 public gardens as well as farms and construction activities.

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