The Maharashtra government has christened the manure Sona Khaad, alluding to a gold standard of sustainability — the toilet pits can be re-used only once they are emptied, and the decomposed waste simply goes back into the soil.
Panchkula has already begun 100 per cent waste segregation and fines are being imposed on those who are not doing it. Chandigarh had kicked off the drive of waste segregation in June 2017 and it has been over two years that the city is still struggling to achieve this.
This is one hidden calculation of this election. What happens at a poll meeting after the leader has spoken, the cameras turned off, the visitors cleared out? The Express tracks party workers, safai karamcharis, volunteers and labourers, at work for hours later, at the end of one such rally in Indore, ‘India’s cleanest city’.
Under the central government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and in a bid to promote waste segregation, the BMC will install 560 stainless steel garbage units in the city. Each unit will have two bins for wet and dry waste.
The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to mark milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where the Mahatma once walked.