Indore again bags title of ‘India’s cleanest city’: Generates 1,900 tons of waste/day & earns crores from it

Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra top cleanest states of country. Indore, Surat and Navi Mumbai the cleanest cities.

Every locality, every city and every state across the globe generates waste, but how to they deal with it matters. Indore authorities on the other hand, segregate, process and use this garbage for running the daily commodities in such a way that the city needs no garbage dumps!

The processing of 1,900 tons of urban waste every day which earns it crores of rupees and also fuels its buses has helped Indore bag `India’s cleanest city’ award for the sixth straight time, officials said here. The results of the Union government’s annual cleanliness survey were announced on Saturday. Indore was adjudged the cleanest city, followed by Surat and Navi Mumbai.


While segregation of garbage into `dry’ and `wet’ categories is common, in Indore segregation happens in six categories at a collection point.

The largest city of Madhya Pradesh with a population of 35 lakh, also known as the state’s commercial capital, is garbage bin-free, even though it generates 1,200 tons of dry waste and 700 tons of wet waste daily.

“We have 850 vehicles which collect waste from households and business establishments and segregate it into six categories,” said Mahesh Sharma, cleanliness wing superintendent engineer of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC). The vehicles have separate compartments for different types of waste. Discarded sanitary napkins, for instance, go into a separate compartment. This sorting at the initial stage of collection comes in handy for efficient processing, Sharma said.

On February 19 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated this 550 MT per day capacity plant worth Rs 150 crore at the Devguradia trenching ground. It can generate 17,000 to 18,000 kg of Bio-CNG and 10 tons of organic manure.


As many as 150 city buses are being run on this Bio-CNG which is Rs 5 cheaper than commercial CNG.

The IMC earned Rs 14.45 crore from waste disposal last fiscal, including Rs 8.5 crore from the sale of carbon credits in the international market and Rs 2.52 crore as an annual premium from a private company for providing waste to bio-CNG plant.

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