On the occasion of World Environment Day, the central government launched a campaign on source segregation of municipal waste in Delhi.
Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated this programme which will help Delhi in becoming a clean and healthy city.
“Under Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban, we are committed to achieving 100% scientific processing of municipal solid waste by October 2019,” he tweeted.
On this occasion, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and IL&FS signed a power purchase agreement in which the green power generated through waste by IL&FS plant will be purchased by DMRC.
The Minister also flagged off segregated waste collection vehicles which will cover nine Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), including Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad, besides five ULBs of Delhi.
A special edition of Diamond Toons Comic titled ‘Chacha Chaudhary & Swachh Bharat’ was also released at the event. The comic deals with messages related to solid waste management.
The Minister felicitated those individuals, Residential Welfare Associations, hotels and restaurants who have contributed to the source segregation of waste.
Naidu also mentioned a number of policy interventions that have been introduced by the government to encourage processing of municipal solid waste to compost and energy.
He said that to promote conversion of ‘Waste to Energy’, purchase of electricity so generated has been made mandatory by DISCOMs and to promote ‘Waste to Compost’, a subsidy of Rs 1,500 per ton will be provided by the government.