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INSIDE STORY July 2018

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Stagnant garbage between Chandivili D'Mart and Whitelilly complain residents

 

“For last eight months there has been accumulated garbage heaps between D’Mart at Chandivili and Waterlilly - Whitelilly buildings. Municipality boys pickup only at main roads and prominent places,” complains Shambhavi Chhugani a resident  from Nahar Complex Powai. 

With the new garbage laws falling into place the establishments are throwing up huge amounts aof garbage on the roadsides. This has become a common sight at street corners specially outside commercial property. The housing societies which house these restaurants and eateries must coordinate with the BMC on separate rulings for them incase they do not absorb their Waste into their recycling system. 

The urban municipality is ensuring segregation of waste at source as per the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Rules, 2015. Satish Shinde spearheading the ALM of Chandivili Powai from the municipality 'L' ward educates, "All housing societies must compost their own waste. Soon trucks will stop visiting your complexes, then you will not see dustbins on roads, we must work together to recycle our own Waste ." 

There is no magic stick or trick to solve the garbage menace in India. To eradicate  the problem everyone has to take responsibility of its own garbage sorting and then disposing it in a proper manner as there are no landfills. The mind set process will take time, but will be permanently solved. Changing civic habits is a solution and campaigns will see fruition.

If you research the management of developed countries about waste disposal one can observe that it took almost a decade for them to implement functional management and they learnt from trial and error too.  It is difficult to manage and maintain but not impossible. Swachh Bharat will become a reality not only in the villages but in the high end segments of cities too. The ALM of Chandivili is being formed and all interested may volunteer to assist.  

(Elsie Gabriel is an award winning post graduate certified Green Teacher and Environmental Law expert. With twenty years of writing experience she has travelled to remote corners of the earth researching, photographing, documenting facts that bind the threads of anthropological wonder. Powai runs in her veins)