We have made some headway in building a `Show case' as follows:
An example of our effort that can be a show case, exists at Bandra
Govt. Colony (Near Jogger's Park) where, with help of 3 organizations
viz. PWD and 2 NGOs -Mukta and Stree Mukti Sanghtana and an expert
(Geosense)-, segregated garbage is collecetd from 1500 households
and the biodegradable waste is processed using Vermiculture biotechnology.
Women organized and trained by Streemukti Sanghatana are involved
in collection of the garbage, cleaning of the neighbourhood and
loading of waste in pits. Mukta has helped in the administration
and supervision of the project. PWD in turn, has given all the
infrastructural facilities and funds the project (Incidentally,
PWD pays the same amount to other contractors for ONLY garbage
collection and dumping in the MCGM bins and cleaning the neighbourhood
WITHOUT ANY PROCESSING!) I, as the expert, have provided the technical
know-how and visit the site once a month.
The project is on for the last 3 years. In fact, initially
contract for only 1000 houses was given and then was extended
to another 500 houses after success of our earlier effort.
After witnessing the effectiveness of this project Mrs. Johny
Joseph (IAS officer's wives' association) has recently suggested
addition of another block of 500 more houses.(there are totally
5000 houses in the colony)
Ms. Seema Redkar, OSD, MCGM has visited the site several times
with several dignitaries and is quite satisfied with the work.
Incidentally, Sai Paranjapye has shot some parts her film `CHAKACHAK'
at this site!
Mrs. Aparna Inamdar
C-147, IIT Bombay