With a total road length of 758km, 58 wards and a population of about five lakhs, Belgaum is the biggest district in Karnataka. By virtue of having some good tourist spots like Gokak falls, Veer Soudh and Belgaum fort, the city has a large floating population. Municipal Commissioner Priyanka Francis talks about the various programmes adopted towards effective management of waste in the city.
The Zero Waste strategy says no to incinerators, no to mega-landfills, no to the throwaway society and yes to a sustainable society. While it may sound like an idealistic goal, we can put it into a realistic time frame. We do not expect to reach zero waste next year, but we can anticipate that some communities could be very close to Zero Waste by 2020.
JITF Aquasource, the water management wing of the Jindal Group, has implemented a number of water and waste projects for municipal corporations and industries throughout the country. Allard M Nooy, CEO of JITF Water Infrastructure Ltd-JITF Aquasource, speaks to Clean India Journal about the waste-to-energy plant coming up at Timarpur-Okhla, New Delhi.