A village in Lucknow pledges for a cleaner environment

WaterAid India

A village in the interiors of Lucknow pledges to segregate the waste generated by the community and promote solid liquid waste management.

 

Solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) is the collection, transport, processing, recycling or disposal of waste materials, usually ones produced by human activity, in an effort to reduce their effect on human health or local aesthetics or amenity.

One of the key components of WaterAid’s work, SLWM revolves around the objective of bringing improvement in cleanliness, hygiene and the general quality of life in rural areas.

In order to implement it in rural areas of Lucknow ditrict, WaterAid India initiated a state level workshop in Lucknow, last year which was supported by the direct project reports (DPRs) of 24 gram panchayats (GPs) in eight districts. The implementation of the project also included Solid Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) at each level. Lalpur in Mohanlalganj block of Lucknow is one of those GPs where currently its execution is underway.

The community has created organic pesticides, manures, and panchgavya amongst other products.  The community and the self-help women’s groups, trained prior in SLRM activities have also showcased and sold the produce at a Krishi Mela (a farmer’s fair).

On 22 August 2017, WaterAid organised a village level event to promote the cause of Solid Liquid Waste Management. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) of Lucknow, Prashant Sharma, participated in the event, and also motivated the community. The event also saw the Block Development Officer, District Development Officer, and other officials as attendees.

CDO Lucknow, Prashant Sharma, explaining about the two dust bins (Photo credits: WaterAid India)
CDO Lucknow, Prashant Sharma, explaining about the two dustbins (Photo credits: WaterAid India)

Prashant Sharma personally visited each household in the community and counseled the family members on the benefits of SLWM. He handed over two types of dustbins to them that should be used – a green colour dustbin for organic waste, and a red coloured one for inorganic waste. Each dustbin was designed with a hole at the bottom so that the families do not use them for other purposes.

Followed by a detailed discussion on how waste collection should take place, the community members collectively decided to –

  1. Support the household collection of waste on a daily basis.
  2. Pay a minimum daily wage to the women collecting the waste from their home.
  3. On a rotation basis, two women from the local SHG, under MNREGA’s hundred days of employment, would be assigned to collect the waste.
  4. Defaulters, who would not follow the practice, will not be allowed to throw the waste outside their house, or burn, or dispose it in the nearby pond.

As the efforts towards a sustainable system of solid liquid waste management is now into practice, SLRM is also coming into light. The SLRM center at the GP would be the prime area for waste segregation. While, all organic waste would be made compost, and inorganic waste would be linked to the market place. The next three months would be a major learning space in this context.

With such pioneering decisions, the CDO, Prashant Sharma, also announced that each school in the GP will have access to solar electricity, water filter, and water storage facility. Also, in the times to come, piped water would be made available to the villagers. These initiatives will help the communities in rural India take a step forward towards a better living space.

 

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