KOCHI: Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu conferred the award for the best resident’s association in India to Jawahar Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association in Kochi.
The award was presented after considering the efforts of the association to ensure zero waste as part of Swachh Survekshan under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
“It is the result of the coordinated efforts of both the residents and the officials of the association. We hope this will give motivate other housing societies,” said Ajit Mohammed, secretary of the association.
The achievement was announced during a video conference held at Kakkanad civil station .
The association followed a detailed master plan for collection and treatment of waste generated in the housing society. This was apart from detailed awareness classes given to families and weekly cleaning drives carried out by the residents.
“During the past five years, we have been associating with Kudumbashree for collecting, sorting and segregating solid wastes from member households on a daily basis. The association also provided clay pots to each family to store bio-wastes and convert it into compost. Construction wastes are being used for road works and plastic wastes are being sold to the plastic shredding unit of Credai,” Mohammed said.
The association also installed security cameras at all major junctions to curb any criminal activities and to prevent waste dumping by outsiders.
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