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#SwasthyaMantra Telethon: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Promotes The Idea Of ‘Waste To Wealth’, For Development And Environment

At #SwasthyaMantra telethon, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari spoke about protecting the environment by adding value to waste

#SwasthyaMantra Telethon: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Promotes The Idea Of ‘Waste To Wealth’, For Development And Environment
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari stressed on the concept of ‘waste to wealth’
  • 80 buses in Nagpur are running on bio-CNG generated from sewage: Mr Gadkari
  • I am equally committed to the ecology, environment and wildlife: Mr Gadkari

New Delhi: NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign stepped into the season 7 with the focus on three pillars – health, hygiene and sanitation and environment. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises lent his support to the campaign and joined the 12-hour #SwasthyaMantra telethon where he talked at length about protecting the environment by adding value to waste. Speaking at the #SwasthyaMantra telethon on October 2, Mr Gadkari shared examples of how his ministry has adopted the idea of ‘waste to wealth’.

Also Read: 12-Hour #SwasthyaMantra Telethon: Amitabh Bachchan Salutes Frontline Workers For Their Work

Mr Gadkari informed that 80 buses in Nagpur are running on bio-CNG generated from sewage. Sharing the process, Mr Gadkari said,

I have been working on waste to wealth for around 20 years now. For the last 12 years, I have been talking about ethanol; from the existing 20 crore economy, it will be converted into 1 lakh crore economy in the next three years. For bio-CNG, we follow the bio-methanisation process as part of which, the gases – methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide – are separated. Methane is then cleaned, purified, compressed and converted into bio-CNG fuel.

Mr Gadkari emphasised adding value to the waste in order to attract people towards waste management and in turn solve the problem of poor waste management and protect the environment. Sharing an example of the same, Mr Gadkari talked about Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plan to provide a decomposer or a capsule produced by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa that will convert stubble into manure which can be used in the fields. Mr Gadkari said,

Delhi Chief Minister has decided to distribute culture free of cost which increases organic carbon. This way, farmers will be benefitted, productivity will be increased, organic farming will be promoted, it will be good for health, and the problem of stubble burning will also be resolved. Farmers will themselves adopt this.

Also Read: Waste Management During Coronavirus Pandemic: 27-year-old Recycles Bio-medical Waste Into Eco-friendly Bricks

Mr Gadkari also shared a personal experience of converting garden waste into organic manure which he uses in his kitchen garden. He urged people to use science and technology to add value to waste and conserve the environment. He added,

A day will come when bio-diesel, ethanol, methanol, bio-CNG will be more popular and the use of petrol and diesel will diminish. Our environment will thrive.

Answering to NDTV’s Dr Prannoy Roy’s question on whether he can commit to not build roads going through forest lands where there is wildlife, Mr Gadkari said,

I am equally committed for the ecology, environment and wildlife.

Also Read: Waste Management: Citizens Of Gujarat’s Morbi District Can Now Get Household Utilities In Exchange For Plastic Waste

Mr Gadkari said that his ministry has spent Rs. 1300 crores for saving the tigers and are now committed to the transplantation of trees. Transplantation is the technique of moving a plant from one location to another. Mr Gadkari informed that the technique will be implemented during the construction of the Dwarka Express highway in Delhi. He said,

We should have a very balanced approach to development. I am spending crores of money on the transplantation of trees. Now I am planning to develop at least 1000 contractors for the transplantation but some of the eccentric people say we don’t want roads. Every year, the number of cars and trucks is increasing by 10 per cent. We are facing 5 lakh accidents, 1.5 lakh deaths, we need new green highways. We have to protect the wildlife, we have to increase the greenery and at the same time, we need good roads. We have to find out an integrated solution and approach.

Also Read: Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes Broken System Of Bio-medical Waste Management; Experts Discuss The Issue And Solutions

India is utilising various kinds of waste, for instance, slag, an industrial byproduct obtained from the steel manufacturing industry, is used in road construction. According to Mr Gadkari, this way we are not only protecting the environment but also getting good raw materials. He called for support from people of all walks of life and said,

IITs, engineering colleges and NGOs should come up with value to waste ideas. I am also experimenting. If the number of people doing experiments increase, the problem will be resolved.

To resolve the problem of water logging in Mumbai during heavy rainfall also, Mr Gadkari suggested utilising waste water. The minister has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to recycle the polluted water, and use it in farming instead of diverting it into a river. He said,

The municipal corporation should create value from solid waste and liquid waste management. It costs crores but if we create CNG, organic manure from it then the capital cost will come from the process, the environment will be benefitted and it will also create jobs. An experiment has been done in Nagpur where water from the toilet was sold for Rs. 325 crores.

Before signing off, Mr Gadkari reiterated the message of adding value to the waste and in turn, attracting citizens to the process of waste management.

Also Read: Swachh Survekshan 2020: Indore’s Annual Earnings Through Waste Processing Go Up

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.  


Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,20,23,922 and 49,21,579 have died; 20,36,06,535 are active cases and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 4:33 am.


3,41,27,450 18,454Cases
1,78,831 733Active
3,34,95,808 17,561Recovered
4,52,811 160Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,27,450 confirmed cases including 4,52,811 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,831 and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

65,96,645 1,825

29,333 1,075

64,27,426 2,879

1,39,886 21


48,79,790 11,150

83,333 2,476

47,69,373 8,592

27,084 82


29,84,484 462

9,103 26

29,37,405 479

37,976 9

Tamil Nadu

26,90,633 1,170

14,058 268

26,40,627 1,418

35,948 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,810 523

5,566 88

20,41,924 608

14,320 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,058 11

112 6

16,87,048 17


West Bengal

15,82,813 867

7,491 63

15,56,315 795

19,007 9


14,39,466 25

310 12

14,14,066 37



10,36,532 559

4,387 106

10,23,849 451

8,296 2


10,05,735 34

185 3

9,91,979 36

13,571 1


9,54,393 1

38 0

9,45,401 1



8,26,340 14

176 9

8,16,077 22

10,087 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,709 9

82 3

7,82,104 6



7,71,116 15

133 7

7,60,934 8



7,26,036 3

30 12

7,16,345 15



6,69,556 191

3,968 28

6,61,646 162

3,942 1


6,07,427 308

3,610 25

5,97,859 282

5,958 1


6,02,113 32

232 16

5,85,331 15

16,550 1


3,48,486 25

142 14

3,43,209 11



3,43,773 8

176 1

3,36,199 6

7,398 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,299 78

800 3

3,26,070 80

4,429 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,936 110

1,394 46

2,16,815 64



1,77,706 47

597 23

1,73,755 70



1,27,521 42

461 29

1,25,208 71



1,22,970 71

1,360 2

1,19,706 66

1,904 3


1,15,207 741

10,263 505

1,04,548 1,243

396 3


84,351 2

95 7

83,440 9



83,158 79

761 21

80,958 58



65,312 2

24 1

64,468 3


Arunachal Pradesh

55,043 12

138 7

54,625 19



31,800 17

175 6

31,232 22

393 1


31,659 18

255 8

30,728 10



20,886 3

34 0

20,644 3


Dadra And Nagar Haveli


2 2

10,670 2




0 0



Andaman And Nicobar Islands


7 1

7,510 1


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