Indore IAS Officer Clears 13 Lakh Tonnes of Garbage in 6 Months

Asheesh Singh was appointed as the municipal commissioner of Indore Municipal Corporation in May 2018.

Published18 Jan 2019, 08:10 AM IST
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In an inspirational step to deal with rampant garbage problem, Indore’s IAS officer Asheesh Singh, has cleared 13 lakh metric tonnes of garbage from 100 acres of land in just six months.

Singh, who was appointed as the municipal commissioner of Indore Municipal Corporation in May 2018, refused to follow earlier procedure of outsourcing work to a contractor and took on the task himself, reported The Better Indian.

The reclamation project that started in 2016 and was outsourced, was only able to clear 2 lakh metric tonnes from an open dumpsite.

The IAS officer said that the huge project was achieved through bio-mining and had to be done as housing colonies nearby faced pollution due to the dumpsite.

“Bio-remediation or bio-mining is an environment-friendly technique to separate soil and recyclables like plastic, metal, paper, cloth and other solid materials from legacy waste,” Singh told The Better Indian.

“The work was taken up on war footing, and bio-remediation of legacy waste of approximately 13 lakh metric tonnes of garbage was completed on 5 December 2018.”
Asheesh Singh, told The Better Indian

Cost-Cutting Approach

According to Singh, the earlier approach of outsourcing the project to a contractor would have cost them Rs 65 crore to clear the waste, but by cutting that off, the corporation sent less than Rs 10 crore.

How Was it Achieved?

Speaking to The Better Indian, the IAS officer explained how the waste was segregated and put to their respective uses.

“The recovered construction and demolition waste were recovered and sent to the Construction & Demolition processing facility to produce building materials,” he said.

From Dumpsite to Golf Course

The vision behind the future of the land is to convert it to a golf course so people look forward to visit the place, Singh said.

The worth of the total reclaimed land is about Rs 400 crore, and it is currently under development as a recreational golf course.

(With inputs from The Better Indian.)

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