Alappuzha Municipality, Kerala

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With the current scenario, the programme “Nirmala Bhavanam – Nirmala Nagaram” was initiated in the Alappuzha Municipality. As the name suggests, the strategy of the campaign is to make the homes clean, leading to clean streets and towns

Alappuzha Municipality, Kerala has been facing severe challenges in the management of the Municipal Solid Waste. As in any other Urban Local Bodies, Alappuzha has been maintaining a Centralized Waste Management plant in a suburban area for more than a half century.  The waste that reaches the yard is not segregated, thus only a fraction of the biodegradable waste undergoes the composting process.

 

The quantity was also significantly high. The dumped waste started creating environmental and health hazards and the local inhabitants started agitations demanding closure of the plant. During the monsoon in 2012 the local people blocked the transportation of MSW to the yard and the waste started piling up in the town.  On discussion with the agitators, it has been decided to reduce the quantity of waste taken to the yard to just 5-6 tonnes per day. How can this be made possible? This was a serious challenge.

 

With the current scenario, the programme “Nirmala Bhavanam – Nirmala Nagaram” was initiated in the Alappuzha Municipality. As the name suggests, the strategy of the campaign is to make the homes clean, leading to clean streets and towns. This campaign was aimed at encouraging Decentralized Waste Management Practices to avoid piling up of waste at a single point, and thereby protecting the municipal area from the hazards of pollution and out break of epidemics.

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