Dr Vipin Itankar, District Collector, who is holding additional charge as Municipal Commissioner and Administrator of Nagpur Municipal Commissioner, flagged off ‘Nirmalya Rath’ on Tuesday at a function held at the administrative building of NMC in Civil Lines.
NMC has deployed ten such chariots in each zone for collecting pooja waste materials like flowers, garlands and others at Ganesh mandals celebrating the ten-day Ganesh festival with religious fervour and great enthusiasm. The chariots will start collecting waste materials from mandals from August 31, first day of the festival. It appealed to the citizens celebrating the festival at their homes should take waste materials at nearby mandal for collection purpose.
The administration is making efforts to see that the festival is celebrated in eco-friendly manner. AG Enviro and BVG Companies have accepted the responsibility of collecting the materials daily and special arrangement for vehicles has also been made for the purpose. There will be bags kept in the vehicles, each having a capacity of storing 400 kg of materials. The waste materials would be dumped at Bhandewadi Compost Plant in order to convert them into fertilizer for plants at various public gardens in the city. Dr Gajendra Mahalle, Deputy Municipal Commissioner and Director, Sold Waste Management Department, has appealed to citizens and mandal volunteers to extend active cooperation to the corporation to maintain city clean.
The chariots will move in Laxminagar, Dharampeth, Dhantoli, Hanuman Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Gandhibag, Satranjipura, Lakadganj, Ashinagar and Mangalwari zones for collection purpose. During 2019 Ganesh festival, the corporation had collected about 150 metric tons of waste materials.
Dipak Kumar Meena, Ram Joshi, Addl Municipal Commissioners, Yogesh Kumbhejkar, CEO, Nagpur ZP, Prakash Warhade, Asstt Commissioner, Rohidas Rathod, Kaustubh Chatterjee, Surbhi Jaiswal, Mehul Kosurkar. Dr Sameer Topne, Ramakant Bhombe and others were present.