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Vasant Vihar

Composting in the park

Picture courtesy: The Times of India, Sep 06 2015

The Times of India, Sep 06 2015

Suraksha P

Nothing goes waste here, Vasant Vihar takes care

In what could be seen as a unique community initiative, residents of Vasant Vihar have taken it upon themselves to manage the waste generated by the colony. Instead of banking on the civic body to clear the garbage, the RWA has created a composting facility in its threeacre Shaheed Rajguru Park to turn the wet waste into manure. South Corporation was so impressed by it that he has decided to replicate the model in 6,400 parks under the corporation's jurisdiction.

The park in Vasant Vihar is a zero-waste park that even composts dry leaves and twigs into leaf mould. The manure produced from the composting station is used for nurturing the plants in the park. There are three rainwater harvesting units in the park Plants like wood apple, aloe vera, shyam tulsi, giloy amrita, papaya and lemon grass are available in a small nursery within the park.RWA members are allowed to take five saplings free of cost. Most of these have medicinal value with antibacterial qualities. Promila Vohra would sit in the park and catch hold of people.“She got us to contribute for the welfare of this park,“ he said. The park has five sheds demarcated for composting and each shed has five rows of wet waste. “At a given point, we can process around a tonne of segregated wet waste. We cover it with grass and leaves after segregation, turn it around for aeration every 15 days and the manure is ready in 45 days”.

The leaf mould takes six months and produces very fine manure. There are around 300 members in the RWA who contribute Rs 200 per month. Six workers are involved in the collection and segregation of garbage from each household.

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