It has been found that to make development sustainable, it is better to mobilize the society rather than leading it, because once the self-confidence in the people germinates it will not take a long time for the flowers of development to blossom. And for community participation and mobilization, training and demonstration are the key factors. On the above-said lines, IES has undertaken few projects based on training and demonstration to enhance the community participation in some sectors of the Society. Thus IES has involved local population by imparting training as well as demonstrating the viability of alternative technologies.
Various projects undertaken:-
Solid Waste Management at Puri – A Euro Asia Cooporation
On the eastern cost of India, along the blue water of the Bay of Bengal the unique state of Orissa is known for its magnificent temples, sunny beaches, colourful wild lives traditional tribal culture and a rich heritage. To her credit Orissa has housed the important pilgrimage center for the Hindus. This city is one among the 4 dhams. As Puri is a pilgrimage town situated at the coast of Bay of Bengal and the famous temple of Lord Jagannath and the Car festival of this Supreme Lord make this coastal city of Orissa internationally renowned. Traditionally, apart from the Car festival many other festivals life Chandan Yatra, Suna Besha, Bali Yatra and many more has been celebrated throughout the year. The blue sea and these festivals of the supreme lord attract thousands of tourist and devotee not only from all over India but also from abroad. Especially during the Car festival, which is generally celebrated during the month of June, vast numbers of tourists and devotee remains in this city for several days. Again due to attractive location of Puri (On a beautiful Sea Beach) the tourists remain here during the winters October to December to enjoy the climate.
Background and Objectives
Owing to its beautiful location and also due to various colourful festivals, Orissa attracts a large number of tourists from all over the country and abroad. Each year more than millions of people visit the city, particularly during the grand chariot festival “Car festival”.
Due to the above facts the city remains crowded throughout the year. These crowds generate several tons of waste during their stay at Puri. The waste management and water management issues are under serious pressure during the festival time and also when the tou5rist influx is high. The waste mostly includes plastic bottles, polythene bags, mud pots, banana leaves, fruits, flowers etc. The most common method of disposing of daily garbage in Puri is to throw the waste in the few bins provided by the Municipality, otherwise on the street and in the drains. Waste collection is insufficient and does not cover whole city. The vast quantities of waste generated should be managed in order to keep this city of Orissa clean and attractive.
Realizing the above fact, Indian Environmental is implementing a project, in close association with INARE of Greece, LAUX of Greece, Municipality of Rome, Aylesbury Vale District Council of UK, and Municipality of Puri of India. The project is supported by European Union.
The following are the objectives of this project:
- Increase the local capacity and skills for technology practices transfer inspired by European best practices in the form of a project with several activities as technology cooperation practices, training, seminars, publications etc.
- Improve environmental quality with cleaner environment and health condition for the citizen of Puri but also for the visiting tourists by developing a series of community based waste collection and initiatives.
- Improve and strengthen waste management system with Puri district through public participation technique and improve mechanism techniques coordination of Municipality Industries and civil societies involved in waste collection separation and recycling.
- Aware, educate and involve public participation to improve waste management as the success of all schemes depends upon people by recognizing their benefits and activities such as frequent solid waste collection with an efficient mechanism and respond to the sanitary conditions, waste minimization home composting etc.
Till date, following activities were undertaken:
- Selection of project sites and target groups.
- Recruitment of project staff (2)
- Infrastructure development (setting-up of office, 24 hours online internet and telephone connection, computers, etc).
- Collected data on the present situation of waste and the method of waste collection as well as disposal at Puri.
- Organized two awareness programmes to sensitize the local people of the project sites on the issues of solid Waste management.
- Conducted five-day training programme to provide training to the Municipality administrative staff and sweepers, waste collectors, and drivers.
The project staff has collected the data regarding the quantity of waste generated in Puri. As per the collected data, the city produces about 35 to 40 tons of biodegradable waste. On the occasion of the famous Car festival, the city produces 200 tons of waste. Similarly, from October to December (pleasant climatic condition at Puri) tourists groups generate about 100 tons of extra waste.
Apart from the quantity of waste generated in the city of Puri, project staff also gathered information about the method of waste collection, transportation and disposal by the Municipality of Puri.
As a part of the project, the Society organized following two awareness programmes for the school and local community:
Competitions: The Society organized competitions among the school children of a community school on the issues related with Solid Waste Management. Around 150 students participated in the competition. The first three successful candidates were awarded with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Apart from these prizes 6 consolation prizes were also distributed. All these prizes were distributed through a counselor of the fisherman village.
Rally: The Society also organized a rally with the school children. Community people also participated in the rally. Around 150 school children and 100 community persons participated in the rally.
Community meeting: At the end of the rally, community meeting was organized with the local people from fisherman village.
The Society also organized five-day training programme, during May 23 – 27, 2006 at Puri, for the municipality administrative staffs, drivers, sweepers and waste collectors. Experts in the field of Solid Waste management conducted the training. During the training programme, Ms Athena Veneti, President - INARE, Greece; Vasileios Diamantis, LAUX, Greece; Simone Silvestri and Gioia Galasi from the Municipality of Rome; Robertr Smart from UK; and Dr. Desh Bandhu, President - Indian Environmental Society were present. They presented their paper on the issues of Solid Waste management.