Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister for Climate & Environment, Norway visited Waste Management project at Navjiwan Vihar, Delhi in India

India and Norway have over almost 15 years developed a close cooperation on environmental matters. In 2006, the Norwegian-Indian Cooperation Commission was established, in order for the two countries to share experiences on environmental management.  In the recently concluded India visit of Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment, Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn was focused on the agenda; cooperation to reduce plastic litter worldwide, reduce climate gas emissions and securing global biodiversity. During the Pre-COP, CMS COP13, India and Norway signed an agreement to work together on various aspects including reducing the emissions of HFCs, climate, biodiversity and marine littering and plastic pollution.

Sanjaya K. Mishra
India and Norway have over almost 15 years developed a close cooperation on environmental matters. In 2006, the Norwegian-Indian Cooperation Commission was established, in order for the two countries to share experiences on environmental management.  In the recently concluded India visit of Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment, Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn was focused on the agenda; cooperation to reduce plastic litter worldwide, reduce climate gas emissions and securing global biodiversity. During the Pre-COP, CMS COP13, India and Norway signed an agreement to work together on various aspects including reducing the emissions of HFCs, climate, biodiversity and marine littering and plastic pollution.
In a significant move, on 19th February 2020, Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister for Climate and Environment of Norway visited Navjiwan Vihar with a delegation. Navjiwan Vihas, a South Delhi posh colony, has inspired many leaders with its consistent working and achievements in beating plastic pollution, 100% waste segregation, elimination of single-use plastic.  Mr. Rotevatn and his delegation, including Ms. Kaia Bilton, Minister Councilor; Ms. Nina Rør, Deputy Director General; Mr. Stig Ingemar Traavik, Special Envoy for Climate and Forest and many other Norwegian dignitaries were given a warm traditional welcome with Tilak, Aarti and flower shower by the children and residents of Navjiwan Vihar. Children also carried Indian and Norwegian flags to greet the visiting leader.
The visiting Minister, Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn and his delegation took a tour of the colony, including dhalao, parks with leaf composters, and “Black Gold”, compost generated in the compost pits. They also witnessed garbage collecting carts and interacted with the residents, garbage collectors, domestic helps and children. He also witnessed our parks herbal patches, kitchen garden and blooming flowers.
 
Dr. Ruby Makhija, Secretary of Navjiwan RWA briefed the visiting Minister about various social and environmental initiatives taken by the RWA, such as; Shramdaan (neighbourhood cleanliness drive); Sanskaar (Value based group for children); Navjeevan Navodaya (Senior citizen care program); Upcycling of bags; Crockery Bank and Say No to Disposables; Drives against Single use plastic; Free Biodegradable Sanitary Napkins for domestic helps; Biomedical Waste program; Jantantra Mahotsav etc.
Some residents’ houses were also visited for understanding of waste generation, management at source and the process was recorded. The residents were interviewed by the visitors.  A Senior Journalist from Norwegian Broadcast Corporation officially covered the entire event.
 
Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn and his delegation also discussed how Navjiwan Vihar model can be replicated in other colonies in Delhi.
Mr. Madhusudan Hanumappa of ITC WOW ESREE Team Delhi, who has been an integral part of the entire waste management process said that the details are very specific for all to understand the importance of waste management and community engagement. He added, “It is further to emphasize that they are sensitive to the fact that we as a community are contributing to improving the environment, and enabling more livable cities. This is an inspiration and motivation to the team’s working on this. Three cheers to the entire residents and the office bearers of Navjiwan Vihar, the SDMC, the SSIL, the other utilities and the foot soldiers of the ITC Team. I am privileged to be part of this group of like minded, positive and ever striving members with the undying spirit, zeal and passion. Let us not only cheer them for the achievements, but also strength their hands by adopting the similar initiatives across Delhi and this movement should now scale up to the extent where Delhi and it’s RWAs should host the Minister of Environment all visiting countries where we share the same concerns for the environment to visit and see how transformation can and is doable if the community comes together. Together we can and we will.”
 
Dr. Ruby Makhija, Secretary, Navjiwan RWA said, “It was an honour to have His Excellency, Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn – Hon’ble Minister for Climate and Environment, Norway and his delegates in our colony, Navjiwan Vihar. We are delighted for being chosen as a model colony for this project visit. I would like to emphasize that the program was organised by CSE where in the awareness programs and the community engagement was carried on Segregation of Waste at Source is being carried out by ESREE Foundation as part of the ITC CSR initiative under the Well Being out of Waste (WOW) program in Delhi. We are grateful to CSE, E Sree Foundation, ITC WOW. Thanks to Crockery Bank, we did not use even a single disposable in the small tea party saving almost 400 of them. Navjiwan Vihar is achieving greater heights under the dynamic leadership of our President Mr. Vinay Bhasin, and ably supported by the best Executive Committee members.”
Mr. Ramesh Verma, Addl. Commissioner, SDMC; Mr. Sudhir Mehta, SE DEMS; Mr. Prabhakar, , Executive Engineer, DEMS; and their other team members, representatives from Centre for Science and Environment (CSE); members of ITC WOW and E Sree Foundation were also present during the programme.
The visiting Minister appreciated the clean, green and serene neighbourhood of Navjiwan Vihar. “I am very impressed with India’s efforts to beat plastic pollution. Norway thinks that we need a global agreement dedicated to stopping marine plastics litter and micro plastics, and we invite India to participate in the global process to develop a stronger response to this urgent problem”, says Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn.
 
Mr. Vinay Bhasin, President of Navjiwan RWA said that “We are gratified for the visit of Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn with his delegation. This is a huge recognition to all the good works done by Navjiwan Family. Words of praise and encouragement from the visiting Minister and his delegation has brought in enormous boost to our energy levels and will help us to continue working with greater enthusiasm.”
 
After an hour of tour and interactions, Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn walked down to Metro Station with the delegation and took the metro ride to his next destination.

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Regional Conference on Environment in Gurugram (Hindi)

जस्टिस प्रीतम पाल द्वारा अपने संबोधन के दौरान किए गए आह्वान जिसमें उन्होंने अगले 30 दिन के बाद हरियाणा से गुजरने वाले सभी राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग, राज्यीय राजमार्ग तथा रेल पटरियों के साथ गंदगी नही दिखाई देगी, का आह्वान पूरे प्रदेशवासियों से किया था , का उल्लेख करते हुए आशा जताई कि हरियाणावासी इसे जरूर पूरा करेंगे।

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गुरूग्राम , 11 जनवरी। राष्ट्रीय हरित प्राधिकरण के अध्यक्ष जस्टिस (सेवानिवृत) आदर्श कुमार गोयल ने देश में ठोस व तरल कूड़ा निस्तारण के लिए सस्ते और सतत मॉडल विकसित करने की आवश्यकता है जिसमें आम नागरिकों, एनजीओ, संस्थाओं व सरकारी अधिकारियों सभी को शामिल किया जाए ।

उन्होंने कहा कि संविधान के अनुच्छेद 21 के तहत प्राप्त जीवन के अधिकार के अंतर्गत स्वच्छ पर्यावरण नागरिकों का मौलिक अधिकार है और राज्य इस अधिकार को प्रदान करना सुनिश्चित करे। जस्टिस गोयल ने राज्य से अपने अभिप्राय को स्पष्ट करते हुए कहा कि इसमें केवल सरकारी अधिकारी ही नही बल्कि हम सभी नागरिक आते हैं।  उन्होंने कहा कि कोई भी कार्य अकेले सरकार नही कर सकती, उसमें सभी नागरिकों के सहयोग की आवश्यकता होती है। प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के सबका साथ सबका विकास नारे का उल्लेख करते हुए जस्टिस गोयल ने कहा कि यह केवल एक नारा नही है बल्कि हमारी संस्कृति का हिस्सा है। जस्टिस गोयल ने अपने संबोधन में कहा कि राज्य सरकारें सभी को साथ लेकर लोगों को पर्यावरण संरक्षण के लिए जागरूक करें और सरकार इसके लिए बेहतर नेतृत्व प्रदान करे।

वे आज गुरूग्राम में प्र्यावरण विषय पर आयोजित दो दिवसीय रीजनल कान्फ्रेंस के दूसरे दिन बतौर मुख्य अतिथि संबोधित कर रहे थे। इस दो दिवसीय कान्फ्रेंस में पाॅलिसी बनाने वालों से लेकर उसे लागू करने वाले दिल्ली, हरियाणा तथा उत्तर प्रदेश के अधिकारीगण व हितधारकों ने भाग लिया। एनजीटी की कई कमेटियों के सदस्य भी इस कान्फ्रेंस में शामिल हुए।

जस्टिस प्रीतम पाल द्वारा अपने संबोधन के दौरान किए गए आह्वान जिसमें उन्होंने अगले 30 दिन के बाद हरियाणा से गुजरने वाले सभी राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग, राज्यीय राजमार्ग तथा रेल पटरियों के साथ गंदगी नही दिखाई देगी, का आह्वान पूरे प्रदेशवासियों से किया था , का उल्लेख करते हुए आशा जताई कि हरियाणावासी इसे जरूर पूरा करेंगे। चूंकि यह कान्फ्रेंस गुरूग्राम में आयोजित हो रही है इसलिए प्र्यावरण संरक्षण और प्रदूषण कम करने की दिशा में गुरूग्राम तथा हरियाणा को मॉडल के रूप में बनकर उभरना चाहिए ताकि यह राज्य दूसरो के लिए अनुकरणीय बन सके। जस्टिस प्रीतमपाल ने अपने संबोधन में कहा था कि एक महीने के उपरांत जिस भी जिले में हाईवे तथा रेल पटरियों के साथ सफाई का सराहनीय कार्य पाया जाएगा उस जिले के अधिकारियों को सम्मानित करने की अनुशंसा की जाएगी।

जस्टिस गोयल नेे कहा कि 50 साल पहले किसी ने सोचा भी नहीं था कि पर्यावरण प्रदूषण हमारे लिए इतनी गंभीर समस्या हो जाएगी। हम नदी का पानी नहीं पी सकेंगे और साफ हवा में सांस नहीं ले सकेंगे। वर्ष 1972 में स्कॉटहोम कान्फ्रेंस में विश्व के कई देशों ने पहली बार इस विषय पर चिंता जाहिर की और कहा कि प्रकृति से जितना हम ले रहे हैं अगर हमने वापिस नहीं दिया तो हमारे लिए गंभीर संकट पैदा हो जाएगा। उन्होंने कहा कि लाखों ग्रहों में से सिर्फ पृथ्वी ही ऐसा गृह है जहां पर जीवन है। अगर हम प्रकृति से लेने और उसे वापिस लौटाने में संतुलन नहीं रखेंगे तो प्रलय आना तय है। अगर हमें दुनिया को बचाना है तो पर्यावरण को भी बचाना होगा। देश में बढ़ते प्रदूषण पर चिंता जाहिर करते हुए जस्टिस गोयल ने केन्द्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण बोर्ड द्वारा दिए गए आंकड़े प्रस्तुत करते हुए बताया कि देश की 351 नदियां, 122 शहर और 100 औद्योगिक क्षेत्र पूरी तरह से प्रदूषित हो चुके हैं। स्थिति ज्यादा गंभीर है और इसका समाधान करने की क्षमता भी हमारे पास है लेकिन हमें यह पता ही नही है कि हमें करना क्या है। उन्होंने कहा कि प्रदूषण और गंदगी का वैज्ञानिक ढंग से निस्तारण किया जा सकता है।

उन्होंने अत्यधिक भूजल दोहन रोकने और प्रयुक्त पानी का शोधन कर इसे पुनः प्रयोग करने की आवश्यकता पर भी बल दिया। उन्होंने कान्फ्रेंस के आयोजन के लिए हरियाणा सरकार की प्रशंसा करते हुए कहा कि यह कार्यक्रम न केवल हरियाणा को नया रास्ता दिखाएगा बल्कि आशा है कि इससे पूरे देश को नई दिशा मिलेगी।

राष्ट्रीय हरित प्राधिकरण द्वारा घग्गर नदी एवं ठोस कचरा प्रबंधन के लिए गठित कमेटी के कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष जस्टिस (सेवानिवृत) प्रीतमपाल सिंह ने रोहतक व परवाणु में कचरा प्रबंधन के लिए किए गए कार्यों का उदाहरण देते हुए सम्मेलन में उपस्थित हितधारकों से कहा कि स्वच्छता व पर्यावरण संरक्षण का कार्य केवल सरकारी स्तर पर ही नहीं बल्कि बच्चों से लेकर बुजुर्गों तक को इसमें भागीदार बनाते हुए एक जन आंदोलन बनाना होगा।

दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय के पूर्व जस्टिस एसपी गर्ग ने कहा कि इस कार्यक्रम के आयोजन का सबसे बड़ा उद्देश्य प्रदूषण नियंत्रण व कचरा प्रबंधन है। इसी उद्देश्य की पूर्ति के लिए विधि द्वारा स्थापित एक ऐसी संस्था की जरूरत है जिसका प्रदूषण फैलाने वालों में एक भय हो। उन्होंने कहा कि एनजीटी ने दिल्ली में 1200 जल स्रोतों का नवीनीकरण का निर्णय लिया। इनमें से काफी पर अतिक्रमण हो चुका था और काफी तालाब प्रदूषित पड़े थे। दिल्ली जल बोर्ड ने सबसे पहले 155 तालाबों के नवीनीकरण का प्रस्ताव तैयार किया है। आईआईटी दिल्ली को इसमें कंसलटेंसी एजेंसी नियुक्त किया। यह बड़ी खुशी की बात है कि हमने 91 जलस्रोतों को रिवाईज कर दिया है और 95 अन्य जलस्रोतों को सितंबर 2020 तक रिवाईज कर देंगे। स्कूल-कालेजों में रेन वाटर हार्वेस्टिंग सिस्टम शुरू करवाए और शोधित जल को बागवानी में प्रयोग कर कुछ नए कदम उठाए गए।

इस अवसर पर सीपीसीबी के चेयरमैन सी पी एस परिहार ने कहा कि हम सभी को पर्यावरण संबंधी विषयों को समझते हुए इस दिशा में एकजुट होकर प्रयास करने की आवश्यकता है। उन्होंने कहा कि हमें शहरी व ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों को एक साथ लेकर चलना होगा। उन्होंने कहा कि रिसायकिल व रियूज की दिशा में आगे बढ़ते हुए हमें कचरे का प्रबंधन करना चाहिए। हमें कचरे से रेवेन्यू जनरेट करने की तरफ ध्यान केन्द्रित करना चाहिए ताकि इससे आमदनी के साधन जुटाए जा सके। उन्होंने कहा कि पर्यावरण संबंधी विषय में अधिक से अधिक लोगों की भागीदारी सुनिश्चित की जानी अत्यंत आवश्यक है ताकि इसे जन आंदोलन बनाया जा सके।

हरियाणा की मुख्य सचिव केशनी आनंद अरोड़ा ने कहा कि हरियाणा सरकार द्वारा वेस्ट वाटर का इस्तेमाल करने को लेकर पाॅलिसी भी बनाई गई है। इस पाॅलिसी के तहत वर्ष-2030 तक 80 प्रतिशत वेस्ट वाटर का इस्तेमाल करने की योजना बनाई गई है। उन्होंने बताया कि प्रदेश में शहरी स्थानीय निकाय द्वारा 146 एसटीपी के माध्यम से 1500 एमएलडी पानी शोधित किया जा रहा है जिनकी सप्लाई प्रदेश के 200 घरों मे की जा रही है।। इसके अलावा, जल शक्ति अभियान के तहत भूमिगत जल को रिचार्ज करने में आज हरियाणा पहले स्थान पर है। प्रदेष में वैस्ट वाटर मैनेजमेट कमेटी का भी गठन किया जा चुका है। उन्होंने बताया कि प्रदेश के 92 प्रतिशत वार्डों में 100 प्रतिशत कचरे का डोर टू डोर कलेक्शन किया जा रहा है। इनमे ंसे 60 प्रतिशत वार्डों में सोर्स सैगरीगेशन किया जा रहा है।   इसके अलावा, प्रदेश के 22 जिलों में 662 सोलिड वेस्ट मैनेजमेंट लागू किए जा चुके है जबकि 477 लिक्विड वेस्ट मैनेजमेंट प्रौजेक्ट पूरे हो चुके हैं। ग्रामीण क्षेत्रो के लिए किए जाने वाले स्वच्छ ग्रामीण सर्वेक्षण 2018-19 में हरियाणा ने देश में दूसरा स्थान प्राप्त किया है।

कान्फ्रेंस में पर्यावरण विभाग की अतिरिक्त मुख्य सचिव धीरा खंडेलवाल ने कहा कि हमें पाॅल्यूशन का नही बल्कि साॅल्यूशन का पार्ट बनना है। उन्होंने कहा कि इस कान्फ्रेंस में हरियाणा,दिल्ली व उत्तर प्रदेश के विभिन्न विभागों शहरी स्थानीय निकाय, सिंचाई विभाग, जनस्वास्थ्य अभियंत्रिकी, प्रदूषण नियंत्रण व नगर निगम के अधिकारियों द्वारा वेस्ट मैनेजमेंट को लेकर बेस्ट प्रैक्टिसिज व अनुभवों को सांझा किया जा रहा है ताकि उन्हें ध्यान में रखते हुए भविष्य में परफेक्ट इन्वायमेंट सोल्यूशन निकाले जा सके। उन्होंने कान्फ्रेंस में प्रकृृति पर आधारित कविता भी सुनाई जिसका विषय ‘मै तुम्हारी सहचरी‘था।

इस अवसर पर यूपी के लिए गठित एनजीटी कमेटी के चेयरमैन डा़ अनूप चंद्र पांडे , पंजाब एनजीटी कमेटी के सदस्य सुबोध चंद्र अग्रवाल व जस्टिस जसबीर सिंह , यमुना माॅनीटरिंग कमेटी के सदस्य बी एस सजवान , घग्गर तथा ठोस कचरा प्रबंधन के लिए गठित एनजीटी कमेटी के सदस्य उर्वशी गुलाटी , स्वामी संपूर्णानंद, सीपीसीबी के चेयरमैन एस पीएस परिहार, हरियाणा राज्य प्रदूषण नियंत्रण बोर्ड के चेयरमैन अशोक खेत्रपाल, शहरी स्थानीय निकाय के प्रधान सचिव वी उमाशंकर सहित कई वरिष्ठ अधिकारीगण उपस्थित थे।

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Editorial: Strive from 2020 for a gemütlich environment ahead

Ministry of Agriculture to set up laboratories to test quality of compost produced by local authorities or their authorized agencies

Sanjaya K. Mishra

Editorial Published on 25th December 2019

Year 2019 is quickly running out. The world is ecstatic to welcome the New Year 2020. Looking back, it was an encouraging year. India became one of the first countries in the world to develop and launch a comprehensive Cooling Action Plan, India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP). National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was launched to tackle the problem of air pollution. NCAP targets 20 to 30% reductioIMG_20191226_013858n of PM10 and PM2.5 concentration by 2024, compared to 2017. 

Water Talk by National Water Mission, Green Good Deeds Campaign, the fight against single-use plastic, increase in tiger population addition in forest cover, and the release of White Paper on National Aviation Policy, to address major environmental challenges of the Indian aviation industry – are incredible. The National Green Tribunal’s Order dated 30th April 2019 pertaining to sewage disposal standards was a remarkable one. Jal Jeevan Mission was launched to ensure piped water supply to every household “Har Ghar Jal”. The formation of the new ministry, the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) was a significant move. The Jal Shakti Abhiyan, the time-bound mission for water conservation to enhance water security, especially in the water-stressed districts, created a huge impact across the nation. It has delivered over 5 Lakh local water conservation infrastructure in 256 districts. An estimated 370 Lakh people participated in the mission making it a people’s movement. About 123 million saplings were planted as afforestation intervention through this mission. 

However, as the river water management, and clean up deals with the treatment of water pollution and wastewater management, a part of the Pollution Control Board could further be considered to be included in the MoJS. The format could be followed in the state as well, where the groundwater regulatory body and water pollution control body could be merged. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change may focus on emission control, air quality, soil quality-related subjects, alongside the environmental and forest clearances. Solid wastes, hazardous wastes, plastic wastes, e-wastes, battery wastes, bio-medical wastes, and construction and demolition (C&D) wastes are going to be major challenges in the forthcoming years. It has been observed by the National Green Tribunal and even the Supreme Court that the efficiency of municipal bodies have remained appalling in the solid waste, plastic waste, and C&D waste fronts. The structure of SPCBs can handle the subject. 

Coming back to 2019, Activism was also phenomenal. From Delhi air pollution to Mumbai Aarey, to PLPA in Haryana and Talabira in Odisha. Also, there were numerous exemplary works in the field of waste management. Especially, some RWAs working towards zero waste and fight against Single-Use Plastic. The year 2020 will be another crucial year for the environment. The deadline to leapfrog from Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) to Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) emission norms by 1stApril 2020. This has created tremendous changes in the automotive market. India has embraced for faster adoption of electric vehicles and their manufacturing, with a goal to 30% electric vehicles by 2030. Many new job openings would come out for wastewater professionals to meet the 31st March 2020 deadline given by the NGT.

As time is running out, to attain a better environment, to restore forest, and nature so that people and wildlife can thrive. As it may take time to turn the ship around, we need to start now. Everybody – individuals, citizens, institutions, academicians, governments, judiciary, businesses, activists, NGOs, and media – together, we can step up in 2020 and take urgent action to protect and restore nature, before it’s too late.

 

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SDMC South Zone working in full swing for A Swachh Delhi

Sanjaya K. Mishra

21st December 2019, New Delhi

A program was held yesterday at SDMC, South Zone office, Green Park, in which, the winners of Swachh Survekshan 2020 second quarter winners in various categories were felicitated. First, Second and Third prize winners from Residents Welfare Associations, schools, hotels, hospitals, Market Traders Association, Government offices were awarded certificates by the Deputy Commissioner, SDMC, South Zone, Mr. Aman Gupta, and chairperson, SDMC, South Zone, Mrs. Tulsi Joshi. Senior officials from SDMC like Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Harish Kashyap and Deputy Health Officer, Dr. (Capt.) N. R. Tuli was also present.

Mrs. Joshi appreciated the efforts put in by these associations and requested them to spread their work far and wide. She also requested everyone to gear up and fight against the single-use plastic menace.

Mr. Aman Gupta, who has very recently taken the charge at South Zone, assured them of full support from SDMC.

Mr. Harish Kashyap, Asst. Commissioner and his team has been working relentlessly, even for prolonged hours beyond office time, on waste segregation, management, and against single-use plastic (SUP), and spreading knowledge, awareness of the health hazards of SUP among the residents.

The awardees shared their initiatives that made a significant difference in their respective areas. Dr. Ruby Makhija, Secretary, Navjiwan RWA and an ophthalmologist by profession who bagged the first award in the RWA category shared some path breaking initiatives by Navjiwan RWA. This RWA has not been using any disposables for its events for the last one year and has saved more than 15000 disposables in the last one year. Navjiwan Vihar has attained 100% waste segregation at source and has its own composting pits that take care of the entire wet waste in the colony that generates “Black Gold”. The residents of Navjiwan Vihar have worked significantly towards controlling single-use plastic and they upcycle the old bedsheets to make cloth bags.

Hyatt Regency Hotel received the first award in Hotel Category for its tremendous efforts in cutting down SUP bottled water and ensuring high levels of cleanliness in their hotel.

IGL was awarded the second prize in the Government Office category. They stressed the training and welfare of the staff.

Office of Deputy Commissioner, SDMC, South Zone was also awarded the third prize in the category of government office. Mr. Kashyap described the latest initiatives in which SDMC will be setting up 10 centres at various locations in South Zone. At these centres equivalent weight of compost will be given to citizens who will bring wet waste. Used bedsheets and curtains will be collected at these centres and cloth bags will be stitched and returned to the citizens totally free of cost. SDMC, South Zone will also be setting up “Neki ki Deewar” at various locations in South Zone where citizens can donate their used clothes. These clothes can then be picked up by the lesser privileged class of people.

Swachh Survekshan is a very welcome step that has been appreciated by all quarters. Such initiatives serve as a huge motivation to various sectors that are working towards saving the environment and making Delhi a Swachh place.

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Editorial: Who will ensure Quality of Compost from Garbage?

Ministry of Agriculture to set up laboratories to test quality of compost produced by local authorities or their authorized agencies

Sanjaya K. Mishra

Editorial Published on 18th December 2019

Composting as defined in Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 vide S.O. 1357(E) the 8th April 2016, means a controlled process involving the microbial decomposition of organic matter. With growing awareness and compliance with rule 4, many waste generators, Residential Welfare Associations (RWAs), Group Housing Societies, Malls, Hotels, Hospitals, Office Complexes; are now making compost in their premises. Some have adopted garbage converters, others generate compost by aerobic composting or vermicomposting. Some institutions, as required for those with more than 5,000 SQM area, also converting biodegradable waste into compost. At the same time, with growing activism and increasing interruption of Courts and Tribunals, the Municipal Bodies are also working proactively towards solid waste management. Thus, a huge quantity of compost is being generated.

According to the SWM Rules 2016, the Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers shall provide market development assistance on city compost, and ensure promotion of co-marketing of compost with chemical fertilizers in the ratio of 3 to 4 bags: 6 to 7 bags by the fertilizer companies to the extent compost is made available for marketing to the companies. Further, the SWM Rules specifies that the Ministry of Agriculture through appropriate mechanisms shall propagate utilization of compost on farmland. It has also given the responsibility to set up laboratories to test the quality of compost produced by local authorities or their authorized agencies. Download SWM Rule 2016 (English)

The above responsibilities by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Ministry of Agriculture are not as visible as the enthusiasm of RWAs to make compost out of bio-degradable waste. Compost quality is essential to be analyzed as specified in the Schedule-II of SWM Rules, 2016. And it has a significant meaning as according to the “Fact Sheet on Plastic Waste in India, 2018”, The Energy Research Institute (TERI), plastic contributes to 8% of the total solid waste. A significant amount of toxic heavy metals like copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium recovered from plastic wastes from seashores have an adverse effect on the coastal ecosystems. Lead and Cadmium pigments, commonly used in most of the plastics as additives are hazardous in nature and are known to leach out. And this is only one source of possible contamination in the compost. This clearly indicates there is a substantial possibility of contamination in compost. At the moment, the compost is being utilized in potted plants, terrace gardens, lawns, gardens, greenbelts. There is a risk of using unknown quality of compost in potted plants. Further, contaminations and pollutants in compost may also degrade the soil and groundwater quality in the long term. Therefore, it is high time to establish laboratories and disseminate the information. It is also important for the EIA Consultants and the Compliance Professionals to address the subject as per legal provisions. Heaps of compost are being generated and over the years the quantity will increase. However, it is also time to review the annual reports prepared by the Local Bodies to obtain facts and figures. Proper utilization through the appropriate market, as delineated in the SWM Rule could lead to a win-win-win situation for the waste generator to farmers to government. There should not be any chance left to pile up compost in place of raw garbage.

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Editorial: A Minimalist is a Green Hero

Sanjaya K. Mishra

Editorial Published on 27th November 2019

According to a recent statement laid in the Lok Sabha, during the period 01.04.2014 to 31.03.2019, as much as 69141.32 hectares of forest land was diverted in 3616 cases under Forest Conservation Act, 1980. And, a maximum of 21057.08 hectares of forest land was diverted for mining purposes, followed by 16450.71 hectares for irrigation and 8733.81 hectares for roads. This data has a huge significance in terms of natural resources, and environment of the nation. Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the Earth. Ores recovered by mining include metals, coal, oil shale, gemstones, limestone, gravel, and clay, etc. Mining has a significant impact on the environment, much more than the degradation of forest land. And, further industrial processing of mineral ores has another set of environmental impact.
According to the Ministry of Coal, the all India Production of coal during 2018-19 stood at nearly 730.35 million tonnes (MT). In FY19, India produced 131.57 million tonnes (MT) and 106.56 MT of gross finished steel and crude steel, respectively. And, our target is to produce 300 million tonnes of steel by 2030-31. With 460 million tonnes per year (mtpa) of cement production capacity as of 2018, India is the second-largest cement producer in the world and accounts for over 8 percent of the global installed capacity, as of 2018. The cement production capacity is estimated to touch 550 MT by 2020. In addition to road infrastructure, housing for all needs more cement, building materials like sand, aggregates, etc. The demand for sand resources is rising. Shifting consumption patterns, growing populations, increasing urbanization and infrastructure development have increased multifold demand over the last couple of decades. The global requirement of sand now is above 50 billion tonnes per year, an average of 18 kg per person per day. With further growing demand the quantum of an environmental impact could be envisaged from these data.
The undeniable truth is development needs resources. There is a need to ensure sustainable growth. This could be attained through sustainable resource management, which means both (a) ensuring that consumption does not exceed levels of sustainable supply and (b) ensuring that the earth‘s systems are able to perform their natural functions to ensure the long-term material basis of societies in a way that resource extraction, use, and waste and emissions management do not surpass key thresholds for long-term environmental sustainability and human wellbeing. Sustainable supply refers to the number of resources that can be extracted and used for production and consumption before the threshold of a safe operating space is surpassed. At a global scale, (sustainable) levels of production equal (sustainable) levels of consumption. At a local scale, sustainable supply is aimed at by safe operating practices.
Researching viable options for resource conservation is the crying need of the time.
Some countries already have high aggregate recycling rates because of virgin aggregates costs, e.g. Germany recycles 87% of its waste aggregates. in India, there are cases of used non-toxic municipal waste as a replacement for aggregates in road-building, as well as the use of waste foundry sand used (Siddique et al. 2004, 2015), waste rubber (Gupta et al., 2014), waste tiles (Singha & Singla, 2014) to produce concrete. There is a need to promote more such works.
The Ministry of Steel is proactively working towards the reuse of different types of slags generated from steel plants. Construction and Demolition wastes could play a vital role in supplying the raw materials for housing and road construction projects. Every action at this stage needs to be supported with the lowest carbon footprints. To sum up, the Gandhian principle is the best way to attain green growth. In the contemporary world, a minimalist is a green hero, the real hero.

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How to know where to use your Compost?

Useful for Auditors, Professionals, Consultants & Regulators

Sanjaya K. Mishra

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Compost Quality Parameters

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