City of Nawabs or A City of Garbage!

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Lucknow is known as a city of beautiful parks and courtesy but unfortunately, both are missing in the present day Lucknow. Parks are there but a few have remained to be called beautiful. Heaps of garbage on streets and roads as well as empty plots has turned this city into a big garbage dump. In the clean city survey among 343 cities of India in the year 2016, Lucknow stood at 269th position. More on the issue by Rajneesh Raj of

On paper, Lucknow is a very clean city with proper waste management techniques and Nagar Nigam is very keen to work towards providing a clean and green environment to its citizens. Lucknow Nagar Nigam’s control room is awarded the ISO certificate but the actual working is not existent and a slogan such as ‘Green Lucknow, Clean Lucknow’ is just hollow promises. Lucknow’s condition has worsened in past few years and Nagar Nigam has failed in its work of providing a clean environment. The reasons behind its failure:

  • No proper rules and regulations for discarding of waste in the city
  • Collection and disposal of waste is entrusted with the contractors and contractors are not monitored
  • Electricity production from waste project has been in the pipelines for almost 20 years now
  • A 100 crore solid waste management plant was built in Shivri on Mohan Road that is lying in ruins

Waste Dumping Site at Ghaela

Ghaela village on the Hardoi-Sitapur Bypass Road near River Gomti has a large dumping site where mountains of waste are dumped. The waste in the dumping ground is constantly smoldering where as NGT has imposed various restrictions on it but nobody is interested in implementing it. Nobody is ready to live beside such a dumping site, hence no development is possible in that area and the ground water pollution is a common phenomenon and no one is concerned about it.

Non-Existent Promises by Nagar Nigam

  • 75% of commercial areas are not cleaned twice daily
  • 50% areas have no waste collectors
  • 75% of the areas have no segregation process

Reality of the Situation

  • Waste management plants are not functioning
  • Door to door collection does not cover 100% areas
  • Open defecation is still existent
  • Worsening conditions of public toilets
  • Number of toilets in the city is still not adequate

Work Force

  • 3581 cleaning workers
  • 2397 regular cleaning staff
  • 1184 contract cleaning workers
  • 48 crore per year spend on contract cleaning
  • 84 crore per year payment of wages
  • 24 crore per year tipping fees of private companies
  • 400 places where regularly waste is dumped
  • 1600 metric ton production of waste every day

Accountable People

  • Mayor of Lucknow and Councilor of your area
  • Nagar Nigam head and Nagar Health Officer
  • Metro City, Alambag
  • Chauak Area Lucknow
  • Nagar Svatha Kendra, Alambag
  • Purva Madhyamik School, Ujjariya village, Gomtinagar

Indore Model

Just a few years back Indore and Lucknow were almost at the same rank but Indore has jumped to the top in the list. Indore Nagar Nigam took it upon itself to improve the condition of waste management in the city without any private help. The collection of waste from door to door to the processing of waste is done by Indore Nagar Nigam. Plastic waste is used to make roads and bio-degradable waste is used to make compost and the waste is recycled. Important points Indore model:

  • In Indore, cleaning is done twice in a day, morning and evening
  • Nagar Nigam workers collect the waste from every house and shop
  • Every worker is given the charge of the area of 300 to 750 meters
  • No waste dumping site near the roads
  • Segregation of waste at the house level is done (dry and wet waste)
  • People are educated about the waste management techniques
  • Proper action is taken against the defaulters

Coordination is nonexistent among the Agencies

Indore has implemented the 74Th Constitutional Amendment and hence the Nagar Nigam now has vast powers and adequate budget. Housing and other major departments are under the preview of the Nagar Nigam which makes the working a lot easier. In Lucknow colonies of LDA and Housing Development Council are under the municipal limits, but their functioning is not handed over to the Nagar Nigam which gives rise to the conflict of power. In Lucknow, 74th Amendment has not been implemented yet which gives rise to the challenging situation of no coordination among the agencies.

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