To deal with the issue of municipal solid waste (MSW), the Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) has proposed to set up vermicomposting pits at housing societies besides constructing a sorting centre. KJS Chauhan, chief executive officer (CEO), KCB, said the administration would place the proposal before the newly constituted board soon.
Chauhan said on an average KCB, which has its landfill site in Kasarwadi, witnesses generation of 35 metric tonnes of solid waste. At present, the board employees require over 40 garbage collecting vehicles (ghanta gari) to carry out door-to-door collection of garbage. “Most of the garbage is mixed and percentage of segregation is low,” he said.
The solid waste handling has become a serious issue for all the Cantonment boards in the country. Recently, representatives of all the boards had visited Panjim Cantonment Board to study their treatment of MSW. Chauhan said for KCB the take away from the visit was the way spot segregation of garbage is done and how the sorting centre operated 24 x7.
“Our proposal will talk about setting up of vermicomposting pits at the housing society level. The biodegradable waste will be disposed off and only the dry waste will be sent to the sorting centre,” he said, adding, in Goa the manure is purchased either by the local body or used by the society.
Initially, the board plans to start the process in selected wards. “While the no monetary help is envisioned, we will try to incentivize the participation of the wards in the scheme. We know it will take some time to make KCB garbage free but we want to start the process,” he said.