Bajaj Majhi City Takatak Campaign for Zero Waste Aurangabad, in partnership with AMC, CII & CRT^.
When Mr. Kendrekar became the Municipal Commissioner of Aurangabad City, he realized the dire need to overhaul the age old practices of waste collection and disposal/ open dumping being followed in the city. He had seen first hand the benefits of shifting to a ‘zero-waste’ model in CIDCO Waluj with the assistance of Civic Response Team (CRT^), and thus planned to have the same implemented in Aurangabad on an urgent basis.
The Elected Representatives such as the Mayor Mr. Trimbak Tupe, Deputy Mayor Mr. Pramod Rathod, Standing Committee Chairman Mr. Thorat, my SWM in-charge Mr. Shivaji Zanzan and Mr. Kendrekar along with the CRT^ held many meetings to plan the processes and execution of this program. CRT^ held meetings with residents, and other civil society members were also involved, from which the catchy name, ‘Majhi City Taka-Tak’ (MCTT) was born for the campaign to be conducted under.
Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) was soon invited, the then Chairman Mr. Sriram Narayanan and member Mr. Prashant Deshpande showed immense interest and investment in the program, and roped in various funders such as Grind Master Machines Pvt Ltd, Endress + Hauser Automation, B.M. Construction and Bajaj Auto to provide the financial assistance required to cover consultancy, planning & monitoring costs for implementing such a program. An MoU was signed on 24th Jan, 2016 between AMC, CII, CRT (CARPE) and Bajaj Auto (JBGVS), where AMC would be the implementing body, CRT^ the knowledge partner & project execution partner, Bajaj Auto (JBGVS) the funding partner for consultancy expenses and CII as the monitor of the project.
Thus Majhi City Taka-Tak is a unique, first-of-its-kind initiative that brings together diverse partners to achieve a “Kachra-mukt” (garbage free) and “Kundi-mukt” (garbage dump-free) Aurangabad with the following specific targets:
Reduction of waste sent to Naregaon dumpsite, with an aim to finally close and remediate the site into a park or forest.
Reduction in transportation and fuel consumption for transporting waste, thus saving the AMC crores in transportation expenses, as well as reducing carbon and GHG emissions.
Increasing staff motivation, dignity of labour and providing safer working conditions for those in the sanitation sector, including the informal sector
Engaging residents, members civil society and other stakeholders to develop and own this effective and sustainable Solid Waste Management system.
“This is a very complex and ambitious project with multiple stakeholders, multi-dimentional interests and over 1.2 million minds and behavior patterns all required to align to achieve the Mission of a Swach Aurangabad and Swach Bharat. While conceptualizing this program, we were aware of the practical problems that will come in the way of execution, but with proper planning, cooperation and perseverance, I am sure that this unique team, lead by current Municipal Commissioner Mr. Omprakash Bakoria will create solutions that each Aurangabadi will be grateful for and proud of. I wish them all the best."
Mr. Sunil Kendrekar (IAS)
Ex- Municipal Commissioner, Aurangabad Municipal Corporation
Chief Administrator, CIDCO (New Towns)