‘Mo Khata’ initiative to solve dumping yard problem

Taking step towards ensuring optimum utilisation of bio-degradable waste in the Capital city, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra inaugurated an exclusive ‘Mo Khata‘ outlet in the city. According to TNIE reports, the micro composting centre (MCC) initiative will provide bio-fertilisers to the residents of the city at an affordable price while addressing the problem of waste dumping in open land. The initiative will also create employment opportunities for women self-help groups and local youths, Mahapatra said. The Chief Secretary further added that ‘Mo Khata’ is a sustainable waste management techniques that will reduce the burden of dumping on open land and minimize the carbon footprints in urban areas. Under the initiative, organic or wet waste is processed in MCCs using ‘enzyme solution’ and converted to compost manure.

BMC has fixed the compost price at Rs125 for 5kg and Rs445 for 20kg packets to make the fertiliser affordable for common people. Besides, a discount of Rs25 for 5kg and Rs45 for 20kg packets is offered. One can also place a purchase order over the phone. As of now, eight MCCs three at Nicco Park (for Ward No.-35, 36, 28, 29), one at Laxmi Sagar (for Ward No.- 32 and 33), two at Unit- VIII (for Ward No.-51, 47 and 48), one at Pandara (for Ward No.- 18 and 19) and one at Temporary Transit Centre near Sainik School (for Ward No.- 12 and 17) are operational.

It is estimated that with operational of all 43 MCCs in BMC, the city waste can produce nearly 50 tonnes of compost per day. The civic body is also running a campaign to generate awareness on a door-to-door collection of garbage and segregation of waste at the source.