Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Green Initiatives at Darbar Sahib and Durgiana Temple

by Manjari Singh

In a significant move towards environmental sustainability, the Amritsar Municipal Corporation has announced the installation of two state-of-the-art organic waste converters at the revered Darbar Sahib and Durgiana Temple. Costing a total of Rs 50 lakh, these machines are aimed at efficiently managing the disposal of flowers and wet waste composite generated within the premises.

The initiative, spearheaded by Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, who also holds the position of MC Commissioner, marks a progressive step in the responsible waste management practices of religious institutions. Recognizing the need for a sustainable approach to handling the waste generated during religious ceremonies and daily activities, the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) has sanctioned the funds for the purchase of the two organic waste converter machines.

The organic waste converters, procured through a standard procedure, are equipped to process a substantial amount of wet waste on a daily basis. Capable of handling between 900 to 1200 kg of wet waste, these machines are not only efficient but also environmentally friendly. Their shredding capabilities make them apt for managing the diverse waste generated in religious places like Darbar Sahib and Durgiana Temple.

Mr. Thori expressed his enthusiasm about the project, emphasizing the importance of adopting innovative solutions to address environmental concerns. He stated, “The introduction of these organic waste converters aligns with our commitment to sustainable development. It is crucial for religious institutions to lead by example and contribute to the larger cause of environmental preservation.”

The converter machines, set to be handed over to the respective authorities of Darbar Sahib and Durgiana Temple, are expected to play a pivotal role in converting organic waste into valuable resources. By implementing this eco-friendly waste management system, the religious sites aim to minimize their environmental footprint and inspire visitors and devotees to adopt similar practices in their daily lives.

These converters are designed to not only process the waste efficiently but also to raise awareness about the significance of responsible waste disposal. The move is anticipated to set a precedent for other religious institutions and public spaces to embrace sustainable practices in waste management, contributing to the larger goal of building a greener and healthier community.

As the installation of these organic waste converters takes shape, Amritsar stands at the forefront of environmental conservation efforts, demonstrating that even sacred spaces can actively contribute to the global push for sustainability.

Manjari Singh

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