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MDI Gurgaon Hosts 3rd Edition Of Conversations On Gurugram

This event saw representation of various stakeholder like citizens, civil societies, NGOs, Safai Karamchari Union, Street Vendor Association, National Swachh Bharat Mission, School of Planning and Architecture etc.

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In a bid to increase awareness about the hazards of poorly managed solid waste, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, recently hosted ‘Conversations on Gurugram 3.0’ on their campus on Gurugram. Centered around the issue of Waste Management in the city, the event session titled “Solid Waste Management: Challenges and Solutions” was attended by eminent dignitaries from the GoI, Municipal Corporation, School of Planning & Architecture, Law, Waste Management Agencies and Real Estate.

On a daily basis, the city of Gurgaon generates about 900 tonnes of waste. While 90 per cent of the total waste can be recycled and reused at source, only 10 per cent of it constitutes the real waste. The volume that cannot be treated out of the same is regularly dumped at the landfill in the city.

This event saw representation of various stakeholder like citizens, civil societies, NGOs, Safai Karamchari Union, Street Vendor Association, National Swachh Bharat Mission, School of Planning and Architecture, MDI Gurgaon, MCG, GMDA and companies working on solid waste management.

The panelists on the Conversation stressed the need for the residents to be enlightened about the benefits of segregating hazardous waste at the source itself: homes. The panel also recognized the need to redesign the contractual terms of the PPP model with Eco Green. It was also suggested that incentives in the form of transferable property tax should be implemented in order to make the households compost waste at source, which is a model of decentralization of wastes.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr PC Biswal, Dean-Research & Accreditation, said, “Waste management needs to start from our households itself. It is high time that residents at every home started segregating waste properly while the administration must ensure proper and strict enforcement of the law in this direction”.

One of the important challenges in solid waste management that was brought to the fore was how the waste generated by the street vendors are not collected properly which ends up getting burned or thrown away. This calls for practical solutions where only depending on the government departments would not work and the citizens would need to step forward and contribute.

Last year a directive was issued to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram regarding the collection of hazardous waste separately apart from the segregated domestic waste. As per the SWM (Solid Waste Management) rules, 2016, citizens were asked to segregate the waste at the very source and bulk generators were supposed to manage waste at their premises only. The management has seen a failure at the level of citizens’ practice to follow waste segregation at their homes. Apart from that, the introduction of yellow bins, the third category for the collection of hazardous waste has to be introduced.

‘Conversations on Gurugram 3.0’ was organized by Dr Sajal Ghosh, Dr Rupamanjari Sinha Ray and Dr Rohit Prasad of MDI Gurgaon, facilitated by the Research office of the Institute.

IAMGURGAON and Garden Estate presented good examples of solid waste management at source and a case study on Waste to Energy conversion was showcased at the event.

Besides segregation and management at source, another key takeaway was the message that unless a change comes in the mindset of people regarding certain issues, the challenges with solid waste management would remain as they are. Citizens, therefore, need to realize the plight of Safai Karamchari while understanding and respecting the human aspect of their hard work to set the ball rolling.

Through the Conversation series, MDI Gurgaon envisions bringing together various stakeholders to understand each other’s concern, and share knowledge and information on the same.