Udupi, Dec 09, 2017: V. Sunil Kumar, MLA, inaugurated the first stall to sell products generated by the Solid and Liquid Resource Management Plant at Nitte near Karkala on Friday. The stall has been established under the ‘Swachh Udupi’ initiative launched by the district authorities.
The district administration has already tied up with India Green Services, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, to make Udupi a garbage-free district by October 2, 2018.
Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis visited both the plant and the stall at Nitte on Friday. She urged consumers to make use of the recycled products generated at the plant and sold at the stall.
A team of five persons, trained under a solid waste management programme organised by the district administration earlier, now visit the wards in their jurisdiction and collect waste twice daily. This waste will be brought to the plant, converted into recycled products and sold. Some members of the team will be present at the plant from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to monitor the operations.
There will be waste segregation at source under the project. This will help in creating recycled products. For instance, the cloth pieces picked up from tailor shops will be used for making pillows. The skin of lemon and other citrus fruits will be used for making utensil washing powder. Dry flowers will be used for making rangoli powder. Besides these, cloth bags, doormats, organic insecticides and organic fertilizers will be sold at the stall.
At presently, waste for the plant is being collected from 250 houses in Nitte. This scheme is being implemented as a pilot project in Nitte Gram Panchayat.The plan is to extend it toother gram panchayats in the district eventually.
Lakshmi Shetty, president of the Nitte GP, Malini Shetty, president of Karkala Taluk Panchayat, Reshma Shetty, zilla panchayat member, and N. Vinaya Hegde, president of Nitte Education Trust, were among those present at the launch of the stall.
Courtesy: The hindu