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					Food For Life Vrindavan Society (FFLVS).
Vrindavan Initiative for Sustainable & Holistic Waste Administration Systems-
VISHWAS.

Krishan Balram Mandir, Ramanreti, Vrindavan, Mathura - 281121.
Dist. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.

Phone/Fax/Email: 0565 – 2540239/772 ; (Mob): 09837137529, (O) 09837091431
Email: office@fflvrindavan.org. (Mr Neeraj Saigal).


General Condition: Environmental conditions in Vrindavan are stressed due to
high rate of growth of local population coupled with increase in pilgrimage
activity. Solid waste has emerged as one of the major environmental issues in
Vrindavan. Solid waste is a problem, both of quantity and quality. Increase in the
waste is largely due to the rapid urban growth and increasing floating population.
Lack of documentation on any aspect of solid waste management clearly shows
the lack of commitment on the part of local authority for efficient solid waste
management. Inertia is also seen in the municipality to take initiatives to manage
the town‟s garbage. There had been indiscriminate dumping of waste near the
riverbanks in spite of availability of suitable landfill. On landfill site also waste is
dumped without any treatment.

Objectives: The composition of waste in Vrindavan is not similar to that in other
towns due to socio-economic and cultural reasons and the huge amount of
floating population. Municipal waste mainly comprises of organic matters like
flowers, fruits, pattals, kullads, leftover food remains of the religious activities of
offerings and discards from smaller trade premises. The object is be to figure out
how Vrindavan can maintain its economic vitality by providing the visitors a clean
town and conserve natural resources while allowing all segments of society to
share in the town‟s economy and environmental assets.

Vrindavan has a fragmented institutional framework, which is like a „free market‟
situation of enterprises of religious institution and temples. A huge amount of
wastes from the religious institutions are generated mainly after the feasts
(bhandaras). We have evolved a strategy to help alleviate the garbage collection
& disposal problem in a financially self-sustaining way, which has been fairly
achieved. A community owned entity has been created which has been
instrumental in evolving this partnership network. FoV now has the experience of
almost a decade of urban garbage collection, street cleaning and door-to-door
interactions, a model of which has become highly practical and replicable.

ACTIVITIES:
-- A pilot initiative started by the NGO FFLVS, in the town of Vrindavan and it has
been given an identity so as to develop ownerships within the program. Named
as “VISHWAS - Vrindavan Initiatives for Sustainable & Holistic Waste
Administration System”.
-Institutionalize rag picking and develop local business for recycling, which will
upgrade their living standards.
-The schools of the locality are involved in the awareness campaign. The Task
ahead and funds required for:
                    To set up a new vermin composting unit, properly equipped
                      with shredder etc. where all the leaf plates and other
                      biodegradable waste can be composted. The floral wastes of
                      all the major temples are to be brought from all over the town
                      irrespective to the boundaries of the demonstrative area.
                    To set up a paper-recycling unit, partnering with schools.
                    Uniforms to be provided for the workers employed under this
                      project, so that they have their identity.
                    The drains are to be covered.
                    Community bins are to be put in the demonstrative project
                      area.
                    The plastic recycling setup has to be established, so that the
                      looms can be made out of the polythene bags.
                    To form eco clubs within the schools.

 -Introduce latest simple technologies on the waste management.
-Minimize the amount of the garbage to the landfill as the major portion of which
will be recycled.
-Privatize the municipal sanitation services in the project area with the active
financial contribution from the general community.
--The focus is a more community led management approach concerning garbage
management of Vrindavan. After the successful implementation of the project,
the replication of it will strongly be advocated through the municipality.
--Meetings with stakeholders, Municipal Board, communities. Defining roles and
responsibilities at all levels and creating community payment systems in
VISHWAS under SGP.
--Exposure visits to Puri/Tirupati/Ujjain to learn the other experiences. Monitoring,
the recycling of the segregated waste through composting and other methods.


RESULTS:

-Constant interaction and more than 9 workshops, meetings and discussions to
manage the solid waste management in Vrindavan. In these workshops, the
operational framework developed in general recommendations is being
discussed and contributions by different actors are discussed based on their
awareness and capabilities. Direct participation of religious institution in solid
waste management is being sought.
-Two areas selected, covering 250 shops, 500 households, 10 ashrams and
nearly 20 small and medium temples in the respective areas to enhance the
waste segregation at the source. Collection of segregated waste into land
fills/recycling.
-Instituted award for „Clean temples, ashrams and streets‟ competition- the clean
temples and neighborhoods be awarded by the religious leaders of the
prestigious temples.
-Moral persuasion for reducing waste through religious teachings and
demonstrating actions and creating a more responsive program.
-“City Consultation” process to involve stakeholders and people to sensitize them
towards environmental degradation in Vrindavan and discuss the general policy
gaps in environmental management in Vrindavan.
-This project has introduced a privatized way of sanitation services in the pilot
area, which will attract the attraction of the policy makers.
-Enabled to draw sixty percent of the recurring expenses for the sanitation
services provided through community contributions.
-A common vermin composting unit is set up, where the waste from the house to
house collection and nearly 1-2 Mts of floral waste are recycled into pure organic
manure.
-The project has helped the widows, handicapped and destitute to generate
income by basket making from the recycled plastics.
-In the vermin composting process worms help in transforming waste into high
quality bio fertilizers. Thus the promotion of it has definitely started to aware the
locality against the chemical fertilizer.

				
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