We are all too familiar with the consequences of exploiting non-renewable sources and how these actions affect the planet.
In an attempt to encourage citizens to live green and adopt eco-friendly methods in their housing societies, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has hit upon an interesting idea—cash incentives!
Last year, in the Swachh Survekshan survey, the NMMC bagged the first place in the West Zone for solid waste management survey with an 85% waste segregation record. This year, the corporation wants to extend this record to 100% and is getting its citizens involved in the task too.
Tushar Pawar, the Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) told the Times of India,
“The plan has been chalked out to involve housing societies in our ‘clean and green city’ drive by encouraging them to adopt environment-friendly measures.”
The initiative focuses on two main categories—the first being waste segregation and composting and the second, solar power generation and rainwater harvesting.
According to the corporation, an ideal society follows these basic rules:
1. It does not let wet waste get into landfills. Rather, it collects and turns it into compost using vermicompost or composting and uses the same for the gardens in the premises. Not only does this stop wet garbage from entering landfills, but it also increases the green cover of a housing society.
2. It uses solar power to generate electricity. NMMC also recommends that the authorities in the housing society make an arrangement with the municipal corporation to receive credits in electricity bills once the solar panels are installed and running.
3. Harvests rainwater in natural or artificial tanks and utilises it for non-potable purposes.
The municipal corporation has arranged for cash benefits for societies that follow these norms. The incentives will be annual and be given out per category.
For a housing society with less than 50 flats, the incentive is Rs 10,000 per category. For a society with 50-199 flats, the incentive is Rs 15,000 per category, and for those with 200-499 flats, the incentive will be Rs 20000. For societies that have 500 or more flats, the same will be Rs 25,000.
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In addition to reducing your carbon footprint,
going green has several other benefits, and with this initiative of the NMMC, you can receive some cash as well!
If you need further inspiration to sign up for this initiative, take the example of the Matoshree Pearl apartments in Mahim, Mumbai. The housing complex recycled 8000 kg of its waste to grow organic food for its residents. Read the full story here.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)
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