Mangaluru May 10, 2016: Government of India has given approval to the MCC for the promotion of city compost under Swachha Bharath Abhiyaan.
Addressing the Press at Mangaluru City Corporation on May 10 Tuesday, Mayor Harinath said that market development assistance in the form of fixed amount of Rs. 1500 per ton of city compost will be provided for scaling up production and utilization of the product.
Initially marketing and promotion of city compost will be done through the existing fertilizer companies. In due course compost manufacturers and other market entities recognized by the state government may also be included for the purpose with the approval of fertilizer companies. The market development assistance shall be routed through the entity which is marketing it.
The fertilizer marketing companies shall be eligible for an account payment up to 50% only on the basis of first point sale at the district level. Fertilizer companies and marketing entities will also co-market city compost with chemical fertilizers through their dealer’s network, he informed.
Government departments and public sector undertakings will also use city compost to the extent possible for their horticulture and related use. Department of Agriculture, co-operation and farmers welfare will carry out IEC campaigns to educate farmers on the benefits of city compost.
MCC Commissioner Dr. Gopalkrishna said that we are producing average 275 tons of waste per day and from November 2014 it is quite less and till today we managed to generate 3200 metric tons of waste for which we get Rs 1.56 lakhs of revenue per month.
Speaking about water woes in the city, Mayor Harinath said that, water supply is interrupted due to electricity problem the result of which is that some areas were getting water once in every five days or so. Water is been supplied through water tankers for such affected areas, he said.
Considering the acute water scarcity, the MCC is thinking of using water from the Lakya Dam of KIOCL, the Mayor said adding by using pump about 6 MGD water can be drawn from the dam and the same is sufficient to meet drinking water requirement of Panambur and Surathkal area.
Former mayor Shashidhar Hegde, Engineer Madhu and others were present.