The IMC earns Rs 8 crore a year from factories that convert waste into useful products such as bio-CNG, an official said. The company employs around 8,500 sanitation workers on three shifts from 6 am to 4 am – 10 pm a day – to keep the city clean.
“A new bio-CNG plant with a capacity of 550 tons will soon be commissioned, which will bring the civic body’s annual income from waste treatment to 10 crore rupees,” said Asad Warsi, IMC advisor for Swachha Bharat Abhiyan.
Right now, private companies that make bio-CNG, compost and other products by treating wet and dry waste pay around Rs 8 crore to IMC every year, he told PTI. “The city generates 300 million liters per day (MLD) of wastewater. Of this total, 110 MLD of water is reused for watering public gardens, farms and also for construction activities,” said Warsi.
The city’s cleanliness model is based on the 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. For six years, there have been no large garbage containers in the city. About 700 vehicles with compartments to separate six types of waste, including bio-waste such as diapers and sanitary napkins, collect trash at almost every doorstep, officials said.
IMC eliminates 600 tonnes of wet and dry waste every day. In August, Indore was also declared the country’s first “Water Plus” city under the Swachh Survekshan 2021 for cleaning up the Kanh-Saraswati River and 25 small and large drains.
This was achieved, primarily, by stopping the discharge of sewage into the river and drains from 1,746 public sewers and 5,624 domestic sewers, officials said. “Indore has grown used to being in the first place,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, congratulating the city earlier today.