GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - Thousands of households in five divisions of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) still lag behind when it comes to availing the door-to-door garbage collection facility, stated by the Department of Civil Engineering of IIT Kharagpur in its recently submitted �The Integrated Waste Management System Report for Guwahati city�.
According to the report, there are altogether 64,340 households in division-I of the GMC and among them 22,195 lag behind from availing the facility. In division-II, there are altogether 33,656 households and 17,016 are yet to come under the drive. In division-III, there are altogether 52,938 households and 26,268 are yet to come under the drive. In division-IV, there are altogether 33,696 households and 16,296 still lag behind from availing the facility and in division-V, there are 57,140 households and 18,225 still lag behind from availing the facility.
For the door-to-door garbage collection exercise, 13 Auto Trippers and 151 Hand Carters or Tricycles are available in division-I, eight Auto Trippers and 44 Hand Carters or Tricycles available in division-II, 12 Auto Trippers and 75 Hand Carters or Tricycles available in division-III, eight Auto Trippers and 48 Hand Carters or Tricycles available in division-IV and 13 Auto Trippers and 134 Hand Carters or Tricycles are available in division-V.
The report suggests that to cover all households in the five divisions of the GMC, 11 Auto Trippers, 58 Tricycles and 32 new workers are required for division-I. In division-II, there is a requirement of extra 8 Auto Trippers, 45 Tricycles and 25 new workers. In division-III, there is a requirement of extra 13 Auto Trippers, 45 Tricycles and 38 new workers. In division-IV, there is a requirement of extra eight Auto Trippers, 43 Tricycles and 24 new workers and in division-V, there is a requirement of extra nine Auto Trippers, 48 tricycles and 26 new workers for the garbage collection drive.
It also revealed that per capita solid waste generation in all those five divisions of the GMC is 0.6 kg per day. Again per day waste generation is 1,54,416 kg in division-I, 80,774.4 kg in division-II, 1,27,051 kg in division-III, 80,870.4 kg in division-IV and 1,37,136 kg in division-V.
In its various suggestions on waste management, the report also suggested extra 107 secondary bins in division-I, 56 in division-II, 88 in division-III, 56 in division-IV and 95 secondary bins in division-V. Currently, there are 200 secondary bins available in Guwahati under the GMC and there is a requirement of extra 403 bins in various parts of the city.
On the potentiality of recycling, the report stated, �A high fraction (40 per cent of total weight) of recyclable matters demand proper segregation of municipal solid waste. Proper segregation of waste will lead to better options and opportunities for its scientific disposal. A better source segregation system will also result into an economical material recovery.�
The use of compost also promotes organic farming and tries to fulfil the objective of making the North-east India a hub of organic farming as per the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY).