The Indore Municipal Corporation’s (IMC) efforts to maintain the city clean not only earn it bragging rights as India’s cleanest city year after year but also some cash. Indore was named India’s cleanest city for the fifth year in a row in the Union government’s annual survey, released on Saturday. According to an official, the IMC receives Rs 8 crore a year from plants that turn waste into valuable products like bio-CNG.
The corporation employs approximately 8,500 sanitary workers in three shifts from 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. (22 hours each day) to maintain the city clean. “A new 550-ton capacity bio-CNG plant will be commissioned shortly, bringing the civic body’s annual earnings from waste treatment to Rs 10 crore,” said Asad Warsi, the IMC’s Swachha Bharat Abhiyan advisor. He said that private enterprises that produce bio-CNG, compost, and other products by processing wet and dry waste pay the IMC roughly Rs 8 crore per year.
The city produces 300 million liters of sewage water per day (MLD). Warsi stated that 110 MLD of this water is utilized in public water gardens, agriculture, and construction operations.
The city’s cleaning model is built on three ‘R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. There have been no large garbage cans in the city for the previous six years. According to officials, over 700 vehicles with compartments segregate six waste categories, including bio-waste such as diapers and sanitary napkins, gather garbage from practically every doorway. Every day, the IMC disposes of 600 tonnes of wet and dry garbage. In August, Indore was also designated as the country’s first ‘Water Plus’ city as part of the Swachh Survekshan 2021 initiative for cleaning up the Kanh-Saraswati river and 25 small and large drains.
According to officials, this was accomplished primarily by halting the discharge of sewage water into the river and drains from 1,746 public and 5,624 domestic outfalls.
“Indore has become accustomed to being first,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan remarked earlier in the day while complimenting the city.