Indore: Indore in Madhya Pradesh spends Rs 200 crore annually on waste management, officials said on Friday (January 12), a day after the state’s commercial capital was declared India’s cleanest city along with Gujarat’s Surat in the Union government’s Swachh Survekshan for 2023. Indore was ranked the country’s cleanest city for the seventh time in a row. A civic official told PTI said,
We are spending around Rs 200 crore per year on waste management. Some of the money for this expenditure comes from waste. A royalty of Rs 2.52 crore is given to Indore Municipal Corporation by a private firm for the wet waste provided to it for a bio-CNG ‘gobar dhan’ plant. The IMC makes available dry waste to another processing plant and in return gets royalty of Rs 1.43 crore annually from the firm operating it. The wet and dry waste processing plants are being run under public-private partnership. Besides, the IMC earns annual income of Rs 9 crore from selling carbon credits in the international market.
The civic body has also obtained Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) credits by recycling banned single-use plastics, the official informed. The official said,
Conservancy cess is being gathered from 6.5 lakh houses, commercial and industrial establishments from where garbage is collected. We also fine people for littering.
A total of 850 vehicles crisscross the city daily and collect 692 tonnes of wet, 683 tonnes of dry and 179 tonnes of plastic waste, the official said.
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