Dehradun: The capital city’s civic body has asked the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) to clear only those plans for commercial properties which have provisions for underground dustbins and rainwater harvesting. The city administration is leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to place Dehradun in Smart City list.
The Nagar Nigam has made the request to MDDA, which passes the maps for houses and commercial properties, to ensure streamlining of garbage disposal. According to officials, commercial properties are one of the biggest contributors to the total waste collected in the city.
Every day, almost 350 metric ton garbage is collected in the city. With the civic body planning to extend the door-to-door garbage collection facility to the city outskirts, the solid waste management plant is expected to get approximately 550 metric ton waste per day.
Mayor Vinod Chamoli told TOI, “I have requested MDDA to add clauses of solar heating system, rainwater harvesting and underground dustbins before clearing any plans for commercial properties in the city.
“In fact, we are planning on turning the Nagar Nigam complex also into a green structure which will have provisions for all the mentioned clauses.”
Chamoli also said that the underground dustbins will be placed with the specifications given by Nagar Nigam and the cost will be borne by the property owner.
P C Dumka, secretary, MDDA said, “Rainwater harvesting has always been a part of the bye-laws. However, it is not part of the penal provisions due to which it will be compulsory for the property owner to ensure that all of these clauses are part of the blueprints.
“We have written to higher authorities to include mandates like rainwater harvesting, underground dustbins and solar heating system. We will reject any plan which do not adhere to these conditions.”
Credits Times of India