In Surat, various owners of the small residential societies installed organic waste converters in their vicinity in order to recycle waste at source.
This action was taken, after the Surat Municipal Corporation installed giant organic waste converters [OWCs] in vegetable markets, grain markets and fruit markets.
Also, the civic body gave a 100 percent subsidy to the residents of these societies on installing the organic waste converters.
Approximately, 15 lakh households in the Surat city produce 1,800 metric tonne of waste daily and 950 mt.tn. is the organic waste out of the same.
The issue of waste disposal can be solved if only 60 percent of organic waste is reprocessed at source. Currently, only 36 MT of organic waste is being processed at source in the city.
The Surat Municipal Corporation introduced the scheme two years ago in order to provide 100 percent subsidy on the organic waste converters [OWC] for residential societies that are built on less than 5,000 square metres of land.
In the initial phase, the housing societies were not willing to have OWC at their premises as they thought that it will spread foul smell and running the same will be no less than a headache.
Recently, the Narendra Modi-led Union Government sanctioned the Surat metro project recently. This project in Gujarat State will be completed in five years and in the first phase, two metro corridors will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 12,000 crore.
This metro project will boost the real estate market of the Surat city as the route will connect to industrial, commercial and residential areas. Also, the metro route will offer connectivity to emerging residential areas and this will be the reason for a boom in the property market of the Surat city.