- Raipur city swachh rank in 2017 was 129
- This Swachh Survekshan, Raipur city wants to go big
- Kachra Mahotsav which is first of its kind initiative in India
New Delhi: Move over film festivals, lit fest, music fest, food fest, comic-cons. It’s time for Garbage Fest or Kachra Mahotsav. For the first time in India, Raipur has come out with this innovative concept and is celebrating Swachhta by organising a garbage fest from January 19 – January 22. The main goal of Kachra Mahotsav is to guide people on waste management, a concept that is yet to take off in India.
Explaining the concept to NDTV, Rajat Bansal, Municipal Commissioner of Raipur said,
People need to understand that there is an urgent need to change the way we manage the waste. It is no longer an option, that we use something and just drop it in the trash bin. People need to know about recycling, upcycling and reusing. And, with this agenda in our mind we have come up with Kachra Mahotsav.
Into The World Of Kachra Mahotsav
In the garbage fest, there are different types of workshops being held to educate people on how effectively they can start managing their waste. From teaching composting, recycling methods to upcycling different products such as glass, plastic and paper, the workshops cover every aspect of waste management.
What’s more, there are different stalls where people are selling home décor, utility items made out of waste. Highlighting one of the important aspect about the fest, Mr Bansal added,
Apart from selling, the vendors are also educating visitors about the fact how they have made that particular item from waste. There are stalls in which people can learn about handling different types of waste like paper waste, plastic waste, glass waste, to name a few.
What’s more, the fest also got some exciting music performances. But, with a swachh touch! All the bands performing in this fest will create music using waste items.
Apart from this, the fest is also holding competitions where people of the city are being asked to showcase their talent with waste. They have been asked to create something using a waste item and showcase in this fest. Top three performers in the fest will get awards and recognition.
At the end of the day, we want to change people’s mindset on the way they look at trash or waste items. Through this fest, we aim to instill the habit of recycling, reusing and upcycling among people, signs off Mr Bansal.
Raipur through Kachra Mahotsav hopes to improve its performance and be among the 10 cleanest city in India. Last year, Raipur registered an improvement by getting a rank of 129 up from 293 the previous year.
Here are some of the highlights of Kachra Mahotsav in pictures:
A ‘Cage-via-Waste’ Wonderland
Waste-turned-fountain – Could you guess?
And waste creativity continues!