The daily waste generation of Ahmedabad is down to 2,500 metric ton from 4,000 metric ton owing to the coronavirus lockdownThe daily waste generation of Ahmedabad is down to 2,500 metric ton from 4,000 metric ton owing to the coronavirus lockdown

New Delhi: On March 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days to control the spread of the highly contagious novel-coronavirus. The lockdown has some serious consequences on the social and economic front, especially for the poor who  are bearing the brunt of loss of income and are in real danger of facing  hunger if the promised financial help doesn’t reach them soon. But there have been some positive fallouts as well. The air quality has never been better, add a line about the drop in air pollution and hyperlink it to our story. And now Gujarat’s Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has observed approximately forty percent reduction in the quantity of waste generated during the first six days of the lockdown, especially in the public places across the city, an official told NDTV.

The quantity of waste generated in Ahmedabad has dropped from 4,000 metric ton to 2,500 metric ton. The littering has reduced significantly because there are no people outside. Nobody is spitting on the roads anymore. Except for the shops selling essential commodities, all the shops are closed, so even the plastic generation is less, he explained.

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He further said that the popular belief suggests that it takes 21 days to cultivate a new habit. Coincidently the lockdown in India to fight the COVID-19 is also for 21 days, and the administration hopes that people come out of it motivated to keep the public places clean.

We hope that people get to know about this positive impact of the lockdown throughout the country and use these days to make cleanliness a way of life. In the US and the UK, the roads are not cleaned every day, but only once a month and yet the places remain litter-free. Here in India, we carry out cleaning of public places every single day, and yet collect a ton of litter. We want people to change their old habits and contribute towards keeping Ahmedabad as well as the country clean.

An officer from the Solid Waste Management department told NDTV that he is optimistic that the people of Ahmedabad will change their approach to cleanliness post the lockdown.

Dry waste generation has reduced in the city significantly. Out of the 2,500 metric tonnes of waste that is being collected during the lockdown, about 80-90 per cent is kitchen waste because everyone is home. If citizens look at the roads of the city now, they will realise that it was they who were responsible for the filth in the city. If we change our habits, we can change the hygiene of our city too and AMC hopes city will make cleanliness a non-negotiable way of life even after we tide over the crisis, he said.

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An AMC official also told NDTV that almost 200 drivers of waste collection vans have left for their hometowns after the lockdown was announced.

There are around 1,500 such drivers who work for the contractor who is tasked with AMC’s door-to-door waste collection. Due to the sudden shortfall of the drivers, some areas have been facing problems like the vans reaching an hour or two late to pick up the waste.

However, despite the hurdles, waste collection and cleaning of the roads and public places are being carried out as usual, the officer claimed.

World

19,78,31,904Cases
6,39,24,968Active
12,96,89,916Recovered
42,17,020Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,78,31,904 and 42,17,020 have died; 6,39,24,968 are active cases and 12,96,89,916 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,16,55,824 41,831Cases
4,10,952 2,032Active
3,08,20,521 39,258Recovered
4,24,351 541Deaths
In India, there are 3,16,55,824 confirmed cases including 4,24,351 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,10,952 and 3,08,20,521 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,03,715 6,959

80,138 733

60,90,786 7,467

1,32,791 225

Kerala

33,90,761 20,624

1,65,011 3,679

32,08,969 16,865

16,781 80

Karnataka

29,05,124 1,987

23,820 318

28,44,742 1,632

36,562 37

Tamil Nadu

25,59,597 1,986

20,716 218

25,04,805 2,178

34,076 26

Andhra Pradesh

19,66,175 2,058

21,180 18

19,31,618 2,053

13,377 23

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,441 31

712 17

16,84,973 48

22,756

West Bengal

15,28,019 769

11,113 58

14,98,770 819

18,136 8

Delhi

14,36,265 58

581 1

14,10,631 56

25,053 1

Chhattisgarh

10,02,008 102

1,863 102

9,86,621 203

13,524 1

Odisha

9,77,268 1,578

14,538 389

9,56,828 1,899

5,902 68

Rajasthan

9,53,667 17

248 6

9,44,465 22

8,954 1

Gujarat

8,24,877 27

252 8

8,14,549 35

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,828 22

122 1

7,81,193 21

10,513

Haryana

7,69,913 29

712 0

7,59,566 27

9,635 2

Bihar

7,24,835 44

457 1

7,14,735 45

9,643

Telangana

6,44,951 621

9,069 72

6,32,080 691

3,802 2

Punjab

5,99,104 51

534 10

5,82,277 60

16,293 1

Assam

5,66,198 989

13,322 510

5,47,616 1,480

5,260 19

Jharkhand

3,47,173 36

252 8

3,41,793 44

5,128

Uttarakhand

3,42,139 116

632 13

3,34,145 129

7,362

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,462 118

1,176 5

3,15,908 113

4,378

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,027 153

1,217 80

2,01,289 72

3,521 1

Goa

1,71,146 94

1,058 35

1,66,941 128

3,147 1

Puducherry

1,20,915 100

962 17

1,18,158 115

1,795 2

Manipur

98,499 801

10,540 195

86,403 981

1,556 15

Tripura

78,583 222

3,482 2

74,346 224

755

Meghalaya

65,000 686

5,966 175

57,949 499

1,085 12

Chandigarh

61,953 1

31 5

61,111 5

811 1

Arunachal Pradesh

48,122 266

3,954 188

43,939 451

229 3

Mizoram

38,925 861

12,388 213

26,387 643

150 5

Nagaland

27,872 159

1,329 55

25,977 99

566 5

Sikkim

26,548 237

3,400 98

22,804 137

344 2

Ladakh

20,338 10

56 6

20,075 4

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650 6

29 1

10,617 7

4

Lakshadweep

10,189 11

84 7

10,055 4

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,537 2

8 0

7,400 2

129

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