Gurugram : Ecogreen Energy, the company responsible for the integrated solid waste management in the city, has achieved significant progress in making the city garbage free.
Over 1200 tons of waste is being generated in Gurugram every day. During the monsoons the situation of garbage gets worse. However, Ecogreen Energy has changed the condition considerably by ensuring that the garbage is properly dumped in dustbins and then taken to transfer stations for segregation.
City's waste predicament presents numerous health and environmental challenges. Ecogreen Energy has taken major steps to address these. It has appointed managers in all 35 wards to facilitate better communication and complaint resolution through a toll-free helpline number. It has set up three transfer stations that are already operational in the city while three more will be commissioned soon.
They have closed two open dump yards located in Gurugram Sector 17 and near Old MCG Office while efforts are on to close all the open dump yards in its area. It has also started beautification of these areas.
Ecogreen has also started door to door garbage collection for which it has deployed 430 vehicles including 170 rickshaws to ensure 100 per cent collection efficiency in the city. Following the collection, the garbage is taken to designated transfer stations.
Three transfer stations at Beriwala Bagh (Near Rajiv Chowk), Atul Kataria Chowk and one opposite Paras Hospital in Gurugram has been set up by Ecogreen Energy. Three more transfer stations are under construction. All garbage from these stations will be sent to Bandhwari where the state of the art waste to energy plant is being developed.
The transfer stations are designed in a way to ensure no garbage is left in the open and exposure to the citizens is reduced. This new waste management facility is set to provide the city with advanced mechanized means of transferring municipal solid waste in covered condition. All the three transfer stations have a combined capacity of transferring 300 tons of solid waste every day.
Further in it's endeavor to reach out to people, a campaign called "Sath Karenge, Saaf Karenge" has been embarked upon under which 30,000 students from different schools in Gurugram will be sensitized about the good practices of waste management.
"We are trying to adopt an engaging approach to local waste management and better door to door collection service. All vehicles and door to door collection will be managed by respective ward managers in a decentralized manner for better efficiency and performance, hence, better control and efficiency of operations," said Ankit Agarwal, CEO, Ecogreen Energy.
"As we are trying to work towards the betterment of the city, it is natural for some vested interests to oppose it. From last few months, people with malafide intention have tried to defame us. In such a situation, it is necessary for us to focus on making a world class city by giving its citizens a clean and healthy city. We at Ecogreen Energy are committed to serve people," he added.
Subhash Singla, Regional Councilor - Ward 18, Gurugram said: "We have been fighting for closing the open dump for years. The open dump was close to a school and a temple, thus it was necessary to close it on priority basis. I am glad that Ecogreen took the effort which will provide a big relief to the people belonging there. We are also planning to build a proper road to further beautify the area."