Eco-conscious citizens of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) in Tamil Nadu will now get a push from the government to take up green initiatives in their homes. The Trichy corporation is extending an encouraging hand to those citizens who have green and sustainable homes. This initiative, the corporation is confident, will motivate citizens to harvest rainwater, compost wet garbage, increase greenery in their surroundings and curb down the use of plastic.
And as compensation for undertaking green measures, citizens will be rewarded with health insurance of up to Rs 1 lakh as well as retail vouchers!
The Better India (TBI) got in touch with N Ravichandran, the Corporation Commissioner to find on how the Trichy residents are to benefit from this latest scheme.
“In my years as the Corporation Commissioner, I have realised that, in general, people are genuinely interested in taking up initiatives. What lacks is the awareness about how they can take up simple initiatives and the motivation to take them up.
If the corporation gives rewards to them for having a green home, they are sure to get involved on a much larger scale,” he said.
For Trichy, a city with a population of over 9 lakh, this isn’t the first citizen-driven or green initiative that the authorities have taken up. From having a solar-powered airport to getting ranked the most liveable city in Tamil Nadu, the ancient city has proven its eco-consciousness several times over.
And this time, the residents will have lucrative, personal advantages.
To avail the benefits, citizens have to fulfill four criteria,” Ravichandran tells us, and adds, “The points being, home composting of wet garbage, setting up a roof garden, installing a rainwater harvesting system and using minimal to zero plastic. If they have undertaken all these initiatives, they can apply to avail the benefits. One of our 100 field officers will go to 50 wards and inspect the houses. Once approved, the process of assigning them health insurance will begin.
The Trichy corporation, the official told us, has proposed to award the residents of all zero-waste homes with Rs.1 lakh Mediclaim policy. The premium for this Indian Bank Health Insurance will range from Rs.2,000 to Rs.5,000 and this will be paid by Tiruchirappalli City Corporation through CSR fund for 1 year.
In addition to this, the corporation is also giving away gift vouchers worth Rs. 1.5 lakh to the residents who fulfill all four criteria.
These vouchers can be used at popular supermarkets, sweet shops and shopping malls. A discount of 5-15 per cent will be applied when the vouchers are exchanged in the specific outlets.
“This initiative has begun only last week but we have already shortlisted about 500 homes,” the 52-year-old officer says. “About 15,000 households have already started composting their garbage and our aim is to take this number further to 50,000. There is no income criteria for our scheme and anyone can avail the benefits if they fulfill the conditions. We hope that the rewards encourage more people to get on-board the eco-friendly wagon.”
The corporation’s rewards to zero-waste homes promise to encourage residents to take up green initiatives. The four-point solution aims to target four different environmental problems that can be solved at home – overflowing landfills, water waste, plastic menace, and deteriorating greenery. All four solutions can be easily implemented and the Trichy corporation hopes that the rewards become the much-needed push for citizens to undertake them.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)