Sundargarh: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the Advanced Sanitation Programme for Sundargarh district. The CM flagged off the programme covering Rourkela Municipal Corporation, Biramitrapur Municipality, and Kutra and Koira blocks.
Under the programme, over 190 advanced machines and vehicles are provided to facilitate sanitation management in the said areas. On the occasion, 4 Micro Composting Centres have also been inaugurated in Rourkela. A total of over Rs 69 crore is allotted for the project funded by District Mineral Foundation (DMF), Sundargarh and Rourkela Municipal Corporation.
“The sanitation scenario of Smart City Rourkela is going to be transformed. The tasks earlier carried out manually by sanitation workers will largely be done using machines thus delivering quality services to citizens. Additionally, the program shall ensure safety and dignity to the sanitation workers. More machines and manpower will be provided in due course of time to further enhance the quality of service delivery,” informed Collector Nikhil Pavan Kalyan.
With the sanitation programme, solid waste will be segregated as dry and wet before being collected from the people’s doorstep. These will then be sent to various micro composting centres located in the city. The dry waste will be recycled while the wet waste will be used to produce manure. While 4 micro composting centres have been inaugurated in Rourkela, a total of 10 such centres have been planned to handle the requirements of 40 Wards. Eco-friendly Battery-Operated Vehicles (BOVs) have been engaged to collect waste from the doorsteps of people.