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.
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.
2. It uses solar power to generate electricity.
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.
Reference- TOI, The Better India