Thursday, April 22

Geo-tagged compactors in Kolkata’s New Town soon

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The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has come up with the first ever block-wise plan for solid waste management, starting off the initiative in New Town’s CB block in Action Area I. The plan includes geo-tagged compactors inside the block for dry and wet waste, bins on the roadsides and agencies for collecting waste material.

NKDA authorities said that this was the first ever solid waste management plan prepared focussing on a particular locality of a township area. The idea is to have a micro plan for cleanliness, waste collection and waste segregation so that it could be implemented without any flaws and the particular block or locality achieves a target of a clean, green and sustainable area.

Officials said that CB Block was selected to start the project on a random basis as the block is situated off the main arterial road close to Biswa Bangla Gate, has a community market and community hall along with a commercial complex. Already, the authorities have declared the market complex a plastic-free zone. A citizens’ meet was recently held at the market where bags were distributed for free to the shopkeepers.

“We are starting on an experimental basis and will slowly spread to all the blocks,” said an NKDA official.

CB Block in New Town has a total 224 plots of various sizes, out of which 55 are presently vacant. Building construction is going on in 53 plots, which means roughly 47% of the plots do not have any people residing. A total 1,631 people presently live in the block. There is a commercial complex inside the block that has several shops that generate the bulk amount of solid waste. The block also has eight streets.

Most importantly, a spot has been identified inside the block where garbage and waste is being dumped. The authorities have decided to fence off the area.

As per plans, there will be one waste compactor that would be placed in a suitable spot inside the block. It will have two compartments, one for disposing dry waste and another for wet waste. The compactor will be geo-tagged with tracking devices so that the block representatives get to know about its location through an app.

 

Source: Times of India

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