The housing colony practices Composting, 5Rs – Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and Plastic waste reduction
In Delhim out of 10500 MT/Day, only 55% waste is being processed
Sanjaya K. Mishra
According to recent information given by Shri Babul Supriyo, Hon’ble Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in the Lok Sabha, only 54% of the waste is being processed in the country. In Delhi 254 out of 294 wards are having 100% door to door collection of Municipal Solid Waste. And only 55% of out of total waste quantity 10,500 Metric Ton/Day is processed. A report published on 22nd September 2017 in the acclaimed English daily The Hindustan Times shows about 78% Delhiites dump garbage on the roadside or in open plots in their neighbourhoods and 17% claim to have no access to intermittent community waste dumping site or dhalao in north Delhi.
At such a juncture, on 20th August 2019, Navjiwan Vihar, a posh gated colony in Malviya Nagar, New Delhi celebrated a unique achievement of 100% waste segregation at source. The colony with 250 households in Malviya Nagar Ward (63-S) is probably the first in New Delhi to have attained such an exemplary work in solid waste management. Almost all the households in Navjiwan Vihar are handing over only segregated waste to the waste collectors.
The event was graced by Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. She congratulated the Navjiwan Vihar President, Mr. Vinay Bhasin; Secretary, Dr. Ruby Makhija, and Executive Committee members for successfully fulfilling the Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi of Swachh Bharat Mission. Appreciating the ZERO Plastic arrangements in the event, the MP said that she has always promoted plastic-free celebrations. She expressed her overwhelmed feelings to be a part of Navjiwan Vihar as her likes and dislikes match with the residents of this colony.
Dr. Nandini Sharma, Area Councilor, without whose help and support this feat could not have been accomplished, was also present on the occasion. She lauded the approach and spirit of Navjiwan Vihar RWA and residents in the entire process. She said with such initiatives, we will soon reduce the dhalao.
Mr. Vinay Bhasin, President, RWA Navjiwan Vihar, who is also a renowned senior advocate by profession shared how the visionary project originated looking at the evolution of Solid Waste Management Rules in India that necessitates the role of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) in tackling Municipal Solid Waste at the household level. Further, with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Solid Waste Management Bye-Laws, 2017, the Navjiwan Vihar RWA took a pledge to fully and wholeheartedly support our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s appeal for a Swachh Bharat.
Dr. Ruby Makhija, Secretary, Navjiwan Vihar RWA, who is also a practicing ophthalmologist said that a formidable will and determination of Navjiwan RWA Executive Committee to undertake this much needed and challenging job of waste segregation on priority with full commitment. In her speech, she described the one-year journey starting World Environment Day 2018. She also expressed that a die-hard effort of RWA Executive Committee along with the support of environmentally conscious residents of this upscale colony resulted in this unique achievement within a very short time span. The winning point in this program was the involvement of colony children who went door to door convincing the residents to segregate garbage. SSIL and SDMC had pivotal roles to play in the success of this program. SSIL staff trained the garbage collectors and also hold regular training workshops for the residents and their domestic helps. WOW (Well Being out of Waste), a CSR initiative of ITC Company also provided support to the program. The wet waste from the colony goes straight to the compost pits and is converted to rich compost that is further used for the colony parks. Each park in the colony has a leaf composter that takes care of most of the green waste converting it into ‘black gold’. To create awareness whatsapp broadcast and circulars was sent out by Navjiwan RWA to all residents on a regular basis.
Dr. Makhija, who believes in “Together We Can, Together We Did”, is also running a WhatsApp group “Let’s Be The Change” that has about 30 RWAs, Senior SDMC and SSIL officials, NGOs and CSR initiatives of companies. This group is focussed to bring positive changes in the Society.
The program was compered by one of the most admired media personality and the guiding voice of metro rails, Mr. Shammi Narang, who also happens to be a Navjeevan Vihar resident.