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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 9:

As part of expediting Swachh Bharat Mission, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to make setting up a compost plant mandatory for the builders and real estate organisations in all the mega housing projects in Odisha capital.

According to sources in the BMC, a new rule has been framed under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan under which solid waste management will be compulsory in the housing projects if it will be built in over 1 acre area in Bhubaneswar.

With the move, there will be less pressure on the BMC’s solid waste plants and residents can use the bio waste.

Setting up a compost plant will be mandatory in the area where over 1 kg solid waste is created. There will be two types of dustbins placed in the area to collect solid waste including plastics and solid waste including vegetable waste separately. The compost plant will be set up to recycle the waste and transform it to the bio waste. The residents of the apartments and society can use the bio waste in their gardens or they can sell it, BMC sources said.

Approximately Rs 2-3 lakh will be spent for setting up a compost plant in a society or apartment. Apart from the builders and real estate firms, interested house owner can set up the plant at his home at cost of only Rs 2,800 for waste management.

As the priority has been given on the solid waste management under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the decision will be implemented soon.

With the move, the housing plan will also feature the design for setting up a compost plant inside the house premises. The BMC is planning to induct the rule in the BDA bylaw planning.

“The BMC will write to the BDA for inclusion of the rule in its house planning law. In violation of the rule, the individual will be slapped with fine amount if the law is implemented, said BMC Deputy Commissioner Srimant MIshra.

“The BMC will give the housing plan for various housing projects and constructions. Whatever the plan the BMC wants to incorporate, we will include it to BDA’s building and planning bylaw”, said BDA Planning Member Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty.