The South Asian Times

18 January 2019 11:01 AM

Delhi's Nigambodh Ghat gets Green Waste Reprocessor


New Delhi, Nov 28: Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday inaugurated a Green Waste Reprocessor (GWR) machine here at Nigambodh Ghat that will convert leaves and flowers into reusable religious offerings at the crematorium.

The machine installed at the largest crematorium of Delhi will process all the horticulture waste generated or used during the last rites, into Havan Samagri which will be reused at the crematorium itself.

The managing committee of Nigambodh Ghat said the Havan Samgri produced will be distributed free of cost to people who perform the Havan or Yajna there.

The machine, first of its kind at a crematorium in Delhi, has been funded through MPLADS fund of the Minister.

The Minister said the initiative is a step to save river Yamuna from pollution.

"GWR is a promising machine which will reprocess flowers and leaves that come to the Ghat. Earlier it was either thrown away into the river, or would pile up as refuse which was removed by municipality trucks. Either way it added to pollution," the Minister said.

The machine is produced by Clean India Ventures and can reprocess 100 to four tonnes of green waste per day.

"Green waste constitute more than 60 per cent of urban waste... Municipalities can achieve a big relief from managing landfill sites to operating waste-carrying trucks if bulk generators of waste such as residential societies, vegetable mandis, temples, hotels etc installs a GWR machine," said Alok Gupta, Director, Clean India Ventures.

Update: 28 Nov, 2017